NatWest bank employees admit stealing £30,000 from Harpenden branch
TWO bank cashiers stole £30,000 from the Harpenden branch of their employer NatWest. Hannah Carre, aged 22, from Eaton Bray, and Margret Busani, aged 42, from Dunstable, pleaded guilty in court this morning (Friday) to stealing £15,000 each from ATM machi
TWO bank cashiers stole £30,000 from the Harpenden branch of their employer NatWest.
Hannah Carre, aged 22, from Eaton Bray, and Margret Busani, aged 42, from Dunstable, pleaded guilty in court this morning (Friday) to stealing £15,000 each from ATM machines at the Harpenden town centre NatWest bank between October and February.
They also admitted at St Albans Magistrates Court to false accounting relating to entries into an ATM balancing book.
Busani admitted conspiring with Carre to carry out the theft after their manager noticed money was missing.
The court heard in their defence that the crime was opportunistic and that they were both struggling to manage debts which included Busani's overdraft of around £8,000 and Carre's overdraft of £1,000.
It was claimed that Busani's husband had fallen ill making her the breadwinner, and that Carre's boyfriend had left the country which landed her with all of the domestic bills.
- 1 10 filming locations of new Netflix series Stay Close
- 2 Seven men arrested on suspicion of St Albans burglary
- 3 Video shows thief stealing parcel from St Albans home doorstep
- 4 Primary school rated 'Good' in latest Ofsted report
- 5 Honest truths spilled in Saints dressing room after humbling FA Trophy defeat to Cheshunt
- 6 This is Harpenden: faces of town's residents feature in new exhibition
- 7 St Albans Local Plan delayed to autumn 2025
- 8 St Albans' Rachel Andrews stars alongside James Nesbitt and Eddie Izzard in new Netflix series Stay Close
- 9 After another near miss, crossing desperately needed outside St Albans school
- 10 The latest court results for the St Albans area
Their defence solicitor said the money was not spent on lavish things but was used to meet household expenses.
The pair allegedly felt they could not turn to their employer for help because they had seen customers seeking financial assistance being turned away.
The magistrates were asked to pass sentence but they decided that due to the seriousness of the crime, the pair should be committed to Crown Court where they will be sentenced at a later date.