|Gambling Addict Stole £1,000 from Employers|
A trusted employee from Alvaston in Derbyshire stole £1,000 from his employers in a night raid on the company safe.
Phillip Meakin stole the huge sum of money from his employers, Simply Tiles, after developing a gambling addiction. He used his knowledge of the security codes to enter the building and take the money from the safe.
Meakin, 41, originally denied being guilty to the offence but after his claim that he did not know the security was dismissed by his colleagues he soon admitted to the offence. He pleaded guilty to charges of theft and was handed a 10 month jail sentence that was suspended for two years.
Upon delivering the sentence, Recorder Chris Nicholls stated "At the age of 41, you ought to know better. Your employer put a large degree of trust in you, giving you the code for the alarm and safe."
Nicholls went on to say that the theft was even more deplorable because his employer had given him an up front payment of £400 yet this did not stop Meakin from going further and stealing the money from the company safe.
Meakin has also been ordered to work 200 hours of community service and must pay all the money back to Simply Tiles that was stolen. He has also been ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs.
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