Belper man stole from employer Go Mobile to pay off debt

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A Belper man has appeared in court for stealing from his employer.

Robbie George, 24, of Lechecroft, pleaded guilty at Derby Magistrates’ Court to stealing money from Go Mobile , which has shops in Belper, Ripley and Alfreton.

The court heard that George fully admitted to police that he had been taking money from the company by selling mobile phones to customers at discounted rates and pocketing the rest of the cash.

The offences took place between January and March this year and are estimated to amount to £1,066.

Lynn Manning, prosecuting said: “He started taking money from the till, knowing no checks were being made. He would sell accessories not itemised as stock , sell it at discounted prices and pocket the money.”

She said this cost the company £450.

Defending, Mark Luckett, said George committed the offence because he was motivated by greed and was in debt.

He said: “He is genuinely remorseful for the way he has behaved. He wasn’t caught - he was challenged about it and fully admitted all the offences.

“He has qualifications and could have done anything but knows greed got the better of him.”

Magistrates imposed a community order, including 80 hours unpaid work and a 12 week curfew, between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

He will pay £230 in court costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.