SUPERMARKET bosses have launched a probe after a worker was charged with theft.
Police were called to Morrisons, in Hartlepool, after an internal investigation uncovered suspected financial irregularities.
A 48-year-old woman has been charged with theft.
The value of the alleged theft is not known.
Morrisons chiefs have confirmed that an investigation is underway, but would not elaborate further for fear of prejudicing any possible disciplinary action which could follow once the probe is completed.
But police have confirmed that a worker has been arrested, and is due to appear before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 24.
Staff at the supermarket have been ordered to keep quiet over the issue by bosses, though one worker said the investigation was the “talk of the place”.
They said: “This has been rumbling on for a while, and they have tried to keep it under wraps.
“We haven’t been told anything by the management other than to keep it quiet, but there are lots of rumours about what is supposed to have been going on.
“It’s the talk of the place though.”
The store created around 350 jobs when it opened in 2003 after being built on the site of the town’s former greyhound stadium.
A Morrisons spokesman said: “We have launched an investigation at the store.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police added: “A 48-year-old woman has been charged with theft and will appear at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on September 24.”