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24th Dec 2016

Man avoids jail after admitting to Greggs loyalty card scam

He has been handed a suspended sentence.


A 31-year-old British man has admitted to a series of fraud- and theft-related offences, including misuse of a Greggs loyalty card stamper.

But Michael McKittrick of Middlesbrough, who also admitted to stealing close to £600 worth of goods from B&Q, has escaped prison for his crimes.

McKittrick has been handed a suspended eight-week prison sentence following a hearing at Teesside Magistrates court, The Gazette reports, meaning he has avoided spending Christmas behind bars.

He is understood to have admitted to ‘a fraud-related offence’ relating to the stamper, which could have potentially helped him get his hands on unlimited free Greggs products.

The chain has also reportedly offered sausage rolls and cakes through its loyalty scheme, and it has not been confirmed which specific products McKittrick used his card and stamper to obtain.

The paper reports that he was fined £115 for his actions as well as being required to pay £261.62 compensation and £85 costs.

Greggs now runs its loyalty scheme through its mobile app, offering customers an eighth coffee for free after they have bought seven, though there is no suggestion that the introduction of the scheme was a response to crimes like this.