A MAN has admitted stealing thousands of pounds from the Royal Mail.

Kevin Colin Rowlands, of Chester Street, Mold, pleaded guilty at Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston Magistrates Court to stealing £3,000 and 2,000 euros from the Chester sorting office between October and December 2009.

The court heard Rowlands worked in the special delivery section on the night shift from 10pm to 6am.

The service is used to send money to customers and post offices using the track and trace section.

Royal Mail investigators became suspicious when several cash packages went missing during transit.

A test package containing £1,000 was sent and on December 5, 2009, Rowlands was seen on CCTV handling the package, placing it in his rucksack and leaving the area.

Defending, Richard Thomas said Rowlands had worked for Royal Mail subsidiary Cashco for eight years and in February 2009 was offered redundancy or a role in the sorting office. Rowlands said he hated the sorting office and felt confined.

He said he committed the offences hoping to be caught as a cry for help as he hated working there, but said it was the wrong way to go about it.

He will be sentenced on May 7.