Suffolk man jailed after stealing nearly £4k from employer

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A dishonest Suffolk man who stole who stole nearly £4,000 from his employer has been jailed for 21 months.

James Robbins started for working for Herbert Retail Ltd in June 2016 and was responsible for the firm’s petty cash, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The theft came to light after concerns were raised about his working hours. He was arriving early and not taking a lunch break, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

In March last year Robbins’ line manager suggested he should take some time off and while Robbins was away the petty cash was counted.

It was discovered £500 was missing and a further investigation revealed the total amount was £3,900.

Robbins was dismissed and told police he had been living beyond his means.

Robbins, 41, of Camps Road, Haverhill admitted theft by an employee and breaching a suspended prison order.

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Robbins, who represented himself in court, said he had used the money to pay off his debts and to “get himself straight”.

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