Shop manager jailed for stealing £2,500

A CHIP shop manager who stole up to £2,500 from his employers just weeks after being given the job has been jailed for a year.

Alex Shanks, of Quantock Gardens, went into Catch 22 in Old London Road, Ore late at night and emptied the safe of money but was caught on the shop’s CCTV.

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

After taking the cash, Shanks sent his boss a letter of resignation saying he had health and family issues.

Shanks pleaded guilty to one charge of theft by employee and one count 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.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court last Monday (October 22) to be setenced and was jailed by a judge for 12 months.

He was also given a six-month prison sentence for fraud to run concurrently with the 12-month jail term.

The court heard he had previous convictions for burglary in 2004, a drugs offence in the same year and was last before the court in August 2009 for handling stolen goods, for which he was jailed for 49 days.

Shanks was first taken on by Catch 22 in March and later became manager of the shop in July.

He was spotted on CCTV footage inside the store on August 19 at around 11.40pm.

The keyholder returned the next day and realised that the safe had been entered. Around £2,000 had been taken and there was just £27.62 left from a £500 float in the till, the court was told.

On the same day a phone call was received by the shop from a bank saying the company’s Visa card had been used to buy jewellery worth £1,000 from H Samuel on the internet.

Police later arrested Shanks and he confessed to taking the money from the safe during interview.

He said to officers he was entitled to it as he had worked 80 hours that week.