Mandeep Kaur, aged 34, of Sutton Coldfield, was jailed for 18 months after she stole over £100,000 from her employer. The shop worker then spent the money on expensive cars and hotels.

Derby Crown Court heard that the university graduate worked at shops in Erdington and Derbyshire.

She would tell bosses she would “personally” take the money to the bank. But instead, she kept it for herself.

Prosecutor Richardo Childs said Kaur began working at the former Evening Telegraph store in Swadlincote in January 2019 and quickly started stealing money from it.

She did the same from a now-closed brand of Supernews in Erdington, which was owned by the same family-run company.

On February 25, 2019, the financial director noticed that cash was missing which should have been banked and an investigation began.

Mr Childs explained: “In total £91,140 was missing from Swadlincote and £13,160 from Erdington.

“This was large amounts going missing very quickly including £8,000 on January 18; £10,000 on January 19 and £11,600 on February 11.

“In a meeting, she said she would personally drop the money off at the bank and when asked if she thought money had been taken, she said she did not think so.”

Kaur was suspended from work in March 2019 and arrested in June when police became involved.