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Supermarket boss caught stealing

A SENIOR supermarket manager was filmed on a CCTV security camera stealing property from the stockroom, a court heard.

A SENIOR supermarket manager was filmed on a CCTV security camera stealing property from the stockroom, a court heard.

David Tench, 39, had been night manager at the Tesco store but found he could not cope, had been off with pressure of work, and returned and asked for a day job.

The only day-time job was the stock control manager at £7,000 a year less, which he took.

But Flintshire Magistrates Court heard he was worried about buying Christmas presents for his family and he was filmed leaving the staff entrance with stolen property which he put in his car.

Tench, of John Brunner Crescent, Castle, admitted stealing CDs, DVDs, a CD Rom, food, a mobile phone, a scooter, a pogo stick and jeans ­- total value £526 ­ from the superstore at Broughton Shopping Park, near Chester.

He also admitted previously stealing two mobile telephones worth £199, which police found during a search of his home, and asked for an offence of stealing two CDs and a child's scooter, to be taken into consideration.

Magistrates, who were told Tench had worked for Tesco since the age of 17 and had worked his way up the ladder for 22 years, adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

It was claimed Tench had been promoted once too many times and that he was doing a job that he was 'unable to do'.

Prosecutor Rhian Edwards said the store manager had suspected Tench of stealing and arrangements were made for him to be watched.

Two cameras were set up, one on the staff entrance and the other on the defendant's car.

Tench was seen to go to the car and remove a black file case which appeared empty and return to the building.

The store manager saw him looking left and then right into the car park before leaving the staff entrance and making his way towards his car with the black file case, a carrier bag, a large box and a pogo stick.

He was asked to produce the receipt for the property, but confirmed he had stolen them. He had access to keys to all high value stock.

It was said he was a man of good character who had come under considerable stress and 'ended up on anti-depressants'.

He had been off work and on doctor's advice asked for a day job.

The only one that was available was for much lower pay. The considerable reduction in salary caused problems and he committed the thefts.


David Holmes
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