An employee at a 99p Stores in Northampton has admitted stealing more than £2,000 in cash during a one-month period.
Arkadiusz Nurzynski, aged 22, of Furze walk, Links View, Northampton, was charged with theft after he stole money when he worked in the shop in the Weston Favell Centre from May 3 to June 6.
Northampton Magistrate’s Court heard on Monday that Nurzynski worked at the 99p Store from October 2013 as a till operative.
Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said Nurzynski stole the money after he used his manager’s authorisation code to delete items that had been purchased by customers off till receipts and then pocketing the difference.
Miss Walker said: “When the theft was uncovered he was asked to attend a disciplinary hearing and he fully accepted he had taken the money.”
Vicky Bark, defending, said Nurzynski came to Northampton from Poland nine years ago.
Miss Bark said her client felt “foolish and remorseful” and had made the decision to steal the money after “panicking” when he was told that his girlfriend was pregnant.
In total, Nurzynski admitted stealing £2,017 from the 99p Store in Weston Favell.
Magistrates have ordered Nurzynski to complete 300 hours of unpaid work.
He must also pay compensation of £500, which he agreed to pay back at a rate of £10 a week.