Argos delivery driver Ryan Briggs stole 16 mobile phones to money gambling addiction

AN ARGOS delivery driver took 16 cellphones from the company to money his gambling addiction, a court heard.

Ryan Briggs, 24, had been employed by Argos for a just couple of months when he chose to steal the smart phones, valued at 6,275. Hull Magistrates' Court heard how Briggs, of Moorhouse Road, west Hull, took the cellphones between October 19, in 2014, and February 16 this year. Andrew Stirling, prosecuting, said: "The company had actually realized that smart phones were going missing out on.

"Enquiries were performed and it was developed that Mr. Briggs had actually been involved in taking the cellphones, which he had offered over the internet. "He was spoken with by the cops about these matters and made a full and frank admission. "No one else was involved. "He said he had a gambling addiction which was the inspiration for selling the smart phones.".

The court heard Briggs had actually begun gambling five years ago. In January in 2014, he referred himself to GamCare for help with his dependency and had actually stopped gambling for five months, but started once again when he divided up with his long-term girlfriend.

Briggs, who left Argos prior to the thefts were identified, has since got help again from GamCare and excluded himself from betting shops across Hull.

Katherine Schofield, in mitigation, stated Briggs had "identified the mistake of his methods".

Miss Schofield said: "He is petrified at being in court today and petrified at the reality he is dealing with a prison sentence. "In his own words, he realizes he has to be penalized 100 percent. "He has no previous convictions and is clearly extremely remorseful.".

Magistrates sentenced Briggs to 26 weeks in jail, suspended for two years. Sentencing Briggs, the chairman of the bench stated: "This matter prior to us today breaks the custody limit, however we have actually paid attention to what has been said by both the probation service and your solicitor in your place.

"You have no previous convictions and you have actually taken action to resolve your gambling routines.". Briggs was also ordered to perform 240 hours of unsettled work. He must likewise pay 5,000 in payment and 85 court costs.

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