Chip shop manager stole £2,500 weeks after being given job

Alex Shanks, who admitted stealing �2,500 while he was manager of the Catch 22 chip shop in Ore, Hastings when he appeared before Magistrates on 20/09/12
Alex Shanks, who admitted stealing �2,500 while he was manager of the Catch 22 chip shop in Ore, Hastings when he appeared before Magistrates on 20/09/12

A CHIP shop manager admitted stealing up to £2,500 from his boss just weeks after being given the job.

Alex Shanks, of Quantock Gardens, Hastings went into Catch 22 in Old London Road, Ore late at night and emptied the safe while being filmed on CCTV.

The unemployed 25-year-old had also attempted to buy £1,000 worth of jewellery on line from H Samuels.

He then sent his boss a letter of resignation saying he had health and family issues.

Shanks admitted one charge of theft by employee and one charge of making a false representation by using a credit card account belonging to another person when he appeared before Hastings Magistrates Court on Thursday, September 20.

The court heard he had previous convictions for burglary in 2004, a drugs offence in 2004 and was last before the court in August 2009 for handling stolen goods when he was sent to prison for 49 days.

The case was committed to crown court for sentencing on a date to be decided and was granted unconditional bail.

Magistrates heard Shanks was first taken on in March and became manager in July.

Prosecuting, Mark Kateley, said: “On August 19, Shanks had the day off.

“He is seen on CCTV at 11.40pm. The shop had been closed since 8pm.

“He had no reason to be there.

“He was seen going into an office and then a second office where the safe is kept.

“It was the next day that the keyholder returned and ascertained that the safe had been entered.

“It was believed around £2,000 had been taken. There was just £27.62 left from a £500 float in the till.

“On Monday August 20 a phone call was received from a bank saying the company Visa card had been used to buy on line particular items worth £1,000 from H Samuels.

“An attempt had been made to have £70 worth of goods delivered from a pharmacy.

“A letter of resignation came to the shop saying Shanks was resigning due to ill health and family issues.

“He said he had taken £180 change. He said he would be in touch about the moped. It had been provided by the business.

“Police arrested Shanks and in interview he said he had taken the money from the safe.

“He said he was entitled to it as he had worked 80 hours that week. He also said he did attempt to use the credit card. He admitted the offences.”