A former Tesco employee stole nearly £2,500 from the Clay Cross store where he worked by illegally processing refunds on electrical items and keeping the cash.
Louis Marriott, 19, of Locko Road, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield, was caught after he was found with some cash hidden inside a DVD case and an investigation revealed the full depth of his offending, Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, June 10.
Prosecuting solicitor Lynne Manning said: “Staff undergo routine searches when leaving the store and a security manager felt the defendant had been acting suspiciously so CCTV was examined. It showed him putting money into a DVD case and an investigation was launched and revealed further offences.”
Marriott pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft committed between December 2012 and January 2013.
The court heard how he initially committed some of the offences alone but two others later helped to process other refunds on a range of electrical goods.
Miss Manning added that refunds were made to debit cards and put into a bank account and drawn out as cash. Marriott who had worked at the store since 2010 told police he had stolen the money to pay bills because his income was not enough. The case was adjourned for sentencing at Derby Crown Court on July 5 and Marriott was released on bail.