Morrisons manager helped himself to stock to pay off debts
A MANAGER at a Skegness supermarket has been jailed for eight months after admitting stealing from his own store.
Ian Cooper, the assistant night manager at the Morrisons store in the town, stole large amounts of stock which he intended to sell off to help reduce his debts.
But Cooper was caught out after an anonymous tip-off to the store.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that a check on the supermarket's CCTV system led to the discovery of footage of Cooper loading his car with stock.
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The store manager later carried out a check on Cooper's car as he finished his shift and £1,300 worth of alcohol was found including five cases of rum, four cases of whisky and a case of vodka.
Police were contacted and a search was carried out at Cooper's home where hundreds of pounds worth of stolen stock was discovered including six television sets, six DVD players and 30 boxes of shower gel.
Cooper, 48, of Westfield Drive, Skegness, admitted three charges of theft between July 1 and August 10 this year and asked for one similar matter to be taken into consideration.
Terry Boston, defending, said Cooper got into debt following the break-up of his marriage and now faces losing his home.
"He started to drink heavily. He now owes in excess of £15,000."
Judge Sean Morris told him: "Lots of people have marriage problems . Their default position is not theft. They knuckle down and get on with their lives."