A FORMER teacher aged 60 who was working as a shop supervisor reported a fake robbery to police to cover up his own thieving.
Stuart Colls, who was £22,000 in debt, claimed two men threatened his family as he walked to work at the Loggins convenience store in Chesterfield.
James McNamara, prosecuting, said Colls called police last May to say he had been waylaid by two men, who became aggressive and told him to steal the day’s takings.
He told police they told him not to worry about himself but to ‘consider’ his family - which he took to be a threat.
Mr McNamara said: “During the evening he opened the safe in the manager’s office and took £5,688. He put it into his bag and sealed it. All this was captured on CCTV in the manager’s office.
“He continued to work his normal time. When the night shift arrived, he didn’t mention what had happened.”
Colls claimed he had committed the offence under duress and was told to leave the money under a dog bin near his home. But police became suspicious when they checked and there was nothing inside.
Further checks revealed the father-of-two was in debt.
Colls, of Holme Hall Crescent, Chesterfield, pleaded guilty at Derby Crown Court to theft from his employer.
Sarah Brown, mitigating, said he had debts which had built up over a decade. He was receiving £615 a month from his teacher’s pension and his wife had not worked for many years.
Coll was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.