Argos thief stole £800

A man stole almost £800 from his employer by falsely processing refunds.

Stephen Glover, 22, was able to steal from Argos in Pellon, Halifax, by certifying refunds for items that had not been returned.

Glover, formerly of Sowerby Bridge but now living in St Helens, was caught when his manager noticed irregular refund patterns on his till.

Glover had stolen a total of £799.99 between October and November last year.

After being quizzed about the missing cash, he resigned and turned himself in to police.

Calderdale magistrates heard that Glover, who now works for telephone company, didn’t spend any of the money.

He kept it all and returned it in full when he handed himself to police.

He said he knew he would be caught eventually and had only started stealing when he realised how easy it was after completing a genuine refund transaction for a customer.

Glover was told by magistrates that the offence was a serious one which could have resulted in a custodial sentence.

He was charged with seven counts of theft and given a 12-month community order to complete 120 hours’ unpaid work and told to pay £85 costs.