Adam Hatfield-Bowes, from Blackpool, enjoyed fizzy drinks and ice cream while stealing more than £3,000 from his employer Papa John’s
A greedy Papa John’s worker crept into the pizza shop and stole more than £3,000.
Adam Hatfield-Bowes, 23, spent the money on booze and cannabis after paying the money into his own account.
During the midnight raids, the trusted employee also helped himself to ice cream and bottles of pop.
“You were stealing not out of necessity but out of greed”, said Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing.
Preston Crown Court heard Hatfield-Bowes worked at the Papa John’s takeaway in Blackpool from late 2020 and early 2021. He was a valued employee and trusted with a key to the premises, Gwen Henshaw, prosecuting, told the court.
But on March 7, the owner of the takeaway noticed two unusual payments of £180 and £120 made from the business account at 3.18am. The owner checked the CCTV and caught Hatfield-Bowers red handed, using the card machine to make refunds to his personal account.
When police went to Hatfield-Bowers home in Maple Avenue, Blackpool, to arrest him they found the bank card to which the refunds were made. The fraudulent transactions leaving the business account matched payments into the defendant’s account, Ms Henshaw said.
It later emerged 63 transactions totalling £3,260 had been made over a five month period.
Hatfield-Bowers pleaded guilty to fraud and burglary and appeared at Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.
Jonathan Woodward, defending, said his client had struggled financially after his grandparents, who raised him since the age of eight, left the Lancashire area.
But Judge Lloyd said: “On any view the offending was a significant breach of trust and has had a significant adverse effect on your employer – not least because he thought he could trust you in giving you the keys to the premises. For five months you were coming into the premises in the middle of the night, making refunds for yourself and stealing items which were not a necessity by any stretch of the imagination.
“You were stealing in order to buy alcohol and cannabis, not out of necessity but out of greed.
“You must have been going to work and looking that man in the face, the man who thought he could trust you, knowing how dishonest you were being towards him.”