A FORMER hardware firm boss who stole more than £30,000 from the company has been ordered to pay back just £7,000.
Trevor Heselton, 43, pocketed the money from Charles Dickens where he was a trusted senior manager over an 18-month period.
He was jailed for 12 months at Teesside Crown Court in February after he admitted theft.
Heselton was back in court to hear the outcome of a proceeds of crime application.
The court heard earlier this week that Heselton pocketed £33,043.33 by taking cash from the till and issuing false refund notes.
But inquiries of his assets showed he only had £7,000 available.
The money will be paid as compensation to Charles Dickens where Heselton had worked for 20 years.
He was operations manager at the Hartlepool branch in Tower Street and also oversaw other branches in Spennymoor, Billingham and Newcastle.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton gave Heselton six months to pay the cash back or face another six months prison.
Police can also try to claw back more money if Heselton, previously of Wyverne Court, Hartlepool, comes into cash in the future.