A 29-year-old man has avoided an immediate jail sentence after he admitted stealing money from a Burton town centre car park.
Matthew Tallett, of St Matthew's Street, Burton, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court where he had originally denied a series of charges against him, but later pleaded guilty.
He has now admitted stealing £185 of cash belonging to Smart Parking which runs Middleway Park, Burton, on September 23. He was then caught stealing £100 on September 24; and £20 on September 25; all offences were from the same company and all last year.
While Smart Parking would not confirm that Tallett had been an employee, magistrates said he had breached the trust of the company and also cast suspicion on others.
A spokesman for Smart Parking said the firm "quickly noticed wrongdoing".
The spokesman said: "Smart Parking is a member of the British Parking Association and strictly follow its guidelines. We work with the DVLA and ICO, and as part of our duty of care we regularly undergo external audits, checks and measures to ensure we provide a reliable, consistent and fair approach to parking management.
"In the case of Mr Tallett, we quickly noted wrongdoing and informed the police. No motorists lost money and no incorrect charges were issued because of Mr Tallett’s actions."
Tallett was sentenced to a 14-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months as magistrates found it was a breach of trust and cast suspicion on others, and also took into account his previous convictions.
He will also abide by a 10-week curfew and was also ordered to pay a total of £305 compensation, £620 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.