Warboys man who posed as a carpet fitter handed community order for stealing cash

Rea was given a community order at Peterborough Crown Court today

Rea was given a community order at Peterborough Crown Court today - Credit: Archant

A Warboys man who posed as a carpet fitter and stole cash from a house in Cambridge has been sentenced.

Ricardo Rea, 37, turned up at the house in Carlton Way on 6 February last year to fit carpets on behalf of Carpetright, despite being sacked two years previous after clients claimed he was stealing from them.

Rea, who was working alongside a relative still employed by the company, snuck into two bedrooms and stole £350 and €310 in cash.

Suspicions were raised later that day when the homeowner noticed the cash was missing, and were confirmed when the €310 was missing from another bedroom. The victims contacted Carpetright who paid them back in full and an investigation was launched.

Forensic officers lifted Rea’s fingerprints from a money tin where the cash had been stowed. He was arrested on 10 May and admitted to stealing the money.


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Rea, of High Street, Warboys, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court today (18 January) after pleading guilty to theft. He was handed a two-year community order and must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

DC Paul Evans said: “Rea was already serving a suspended sentence after he was convicted of burglary offences in 2017.

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“He made a dishonest living by stealing from the clients of a company he shouldn’t have been working for.”

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