Friday, April 25, 2014

Disgrace: Facebook pictures catch out thieving nanny

Via: Telegraph
 Wonders shall never cease to happen...
A couple who noticed clothes and jewellery going missing discovered the culprit was their nanny after they spotted her wearing them on Facebook, a court heard.
Becki and Bradley Cannings noticed that expensive items were disappearing from their home and made the connection after their mother spotted the photos, some of which Mrs Cannings was tagged in, on social media.
Before then Mrs Cannings, 29, had not
suspected nanny Pascale Sherwin, 23, as she was “one of the family”.
After taking the photographs to the police and being told more evidence was needed they set up five secret cameras in their home to catch Sherwin in the act.
The couple had been employing the nanny - known as Sasha - to look after their two-year-old daughter Olivia.
Sherwin, of Honiton, Devon, admitted theft from employers at Exeter Crown Court and was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work.
Speaking after the hearing, Becki said: "Every week random things were going missing. It really started getting to me and I thought I was going mad.
"It did not add up. I started to make a list and realised just how much was going missing.
"I hate myself for it now but I started thinking if anyone I knew would do this. I feel stupid but I never once considered it would be her. She had become part of the family.
"Mum then looked on Sasha's Facebook account and I felt physically sick. In her profile picture she was wearing all of my clothes and was doing so in several others.
"I was even tagged in them. I don't know if she was just stupid or rubbing my nose in it. I have never felt so violated and my whole world came tumbling down."

Mrs Cannings said despite the Facebook evidence, she still hoped Sherwin wasn't the one stealing the belongings.
She said: "I was still hoping it had been a big misunderstanding. I didn't want to do any of it, but it was the only way we could prove anything.
"But viewing the footage was like sitting down to watch a horror movie.
"We thought we would be fast-forwarding a lot but within five minutes we caught her stealing a cardigan and putting it in her bag.
"On each of the three days she stole from us. We allowed her to build a relationship with our daughter and be part of her everyday life. This was the ultimate betrayal."
She took a shine to Olivia and offered to do babysitting and after a few casual shifts and started looking after Olivia a couple of times a week in January 2012.
Mrs Cannings said: "We had her checked and she was highly regarded and professionally trained as a nanny.
"She just seemed like a lovely girl and would update us hourly by texting photos of her with Olivia.
"She helped me get ready on the morning of my wedding and was at my daughter's naming ceremony.
"She became part of the family and it seemed the ideal arrangement. By summer she was working longer, we had upped her pay and she had all the freedom in the world."
In March 2012, belongings started to go missing around the house, but it was after the couple's wedding day when jewellery given to Mrs Cannings disappeared she started to panic.
Judge Erik Salomonsen said it was a serious offence because it involved a breach of the trust which the couple had vested in her.

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