A father struggling to pay his bills made a ‘terrible mistake’ and started stealing at work.
Bradley Jones, 38, started donating 50p and £ 1 coins before finally pocketing more than 000 9,000.
He worked as a driver for Looms, a firm called Coinstar, which collects coins from stores, a firm that operates machines where customers can exchange loose changes in store vouchers.
An audit check raised suspicions about Jones and the firm confronted him.
He confessed to stealing more than £ 9,000, saying he was “struggling to pay the bill.”
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Jones had coins in his pocket when he was confronted, and more coins in a chewing gum container in his car.
Get him out of the job right away. Was fired.
Jones, who belonged to the former Navy aircraft engineer Wagon, was prosecuted and embarrassed before a judge, who called him an “intelligent man.”
“Even though it was a stupid mistake, I’m sure you’ll agree,” he said.
Judge Anthony O’Donoghue said Jones lived a “law-abiding life” but that it was a big mistake.
Manchester Crown Court found a discrepancy between the coins Jones deposited with the owners and the money deposited by another driver between January and April.
Prosecutor Variety Quiet said نقصان 9,227 was lost.
Police were alerted and Jones admitted to the theft, saying he was “struggling to pay the bill.”
He said that he started with 50p and taking 1 coin, and he did not realize that he had ‘taken so much’.
Jones, who has no previous sentence, was sentenced to 18 months in community order after employees confessed to the theft.
Defending, Thomas McCall said Jones was in debt.
“They found that his income had decreased because overtime was not available,” he said.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“Instead of asking for help, they tried to deal with it themselves.”
Mr McCain said Jones was “very sorry” now and was ashamed of his behavior.
Jones of Oak Street, Tildesley, has since been hired as an HGV driver.
“He just kept going, he was just waiting to be caught,” said Mr McCall.
“He can’t believe he treated her.”