A TEENAGER stole money from his employer to pay for food, a court has heard.
Scott Janus, 19, of Mona Road, Burton stole a total of £978 from a petty cash tin at fluid transfer solutions firm, Pirtek, where he was as apprentice.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of theft at Burton Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecuting, Sue Haynes, said: “The injured party was John Guest, owner of Pirtek.
“Janus was an operative there until March, during that time money was going missing from the petty cash, it appeared to be Mr Janus who was the culprit.
“He was arrested and admitted he had been taking cash.
“He said he got paid £700 a month and didn’t have enough money for food, shopping and going out.”
She said the stealing got out of control and it added up to hundreds of pounds, adding that he regretted his actions as the company had been good to him.
Defending, Terence Perry, said: “At 19 he got a two year apprenticeship. He was lucky to get it.
“Out of £700 wages he had rent of £325 and already had loans outstanding. It was simply a matter of not being able to manage.
“He had no one to turn to. He is very regretful. The petty cash box was there in a drawer. When he was short he would go in and take £10 or £20 at a time.
“He is struggling and has had no income for the last two weeks.”
Janus was handed a 12 month community order with 12 months supervision and will have to attend an accredited programme and complete 150 hours unpaid work.
Magistrates told him: “This was theft from your employer, someone who put trust in you, and occurred over a period of time. I understand you want to go into the armed forces and you should learn from this.”
He will have to pay £978 compensation to Pirtek and £145 in court costs.