Sacked Hartlepool worker swindled sales at BHS store

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A SACKED shop worker fleeced a store out of more than £500 by swindling sales at the till.

Ryan Howard Spark was working in BHS, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, when store bosses became suspicious at the disappearing cash.

An internal investigation was launched, and it was found that £512 had gone missing and that it seemed to be happening at the check-outs.

Police were contacted and it was then that 21-year-old Spark owned up.

Prosecuting at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, David Bryson said: “He admitted this voluntarily and he was interviewed. He didn’t go into a great deal of detail and he seemed to have been embarrassed about the whole thing.

“He admitted that instead of selling things properly, he did it in a way in which there was theft from the employer.

“He accepted that he’d done it on a number of occasions.

“He didn’t dispute any part of the allegations.

“He was dismissed by BHS and was very sorry about the whole affair.”

Spark, of Kirriemuir Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft by employee of £512 between April 13 and April 28.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “My client had accrued debts beyond his income and this was a way to try to relieve the situation. He fully complied with the investigation.”

Chairman of the bench Martin Slimmings sentenced Spark to a 12-month community order with 120 hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge.