Aldi worker stole £12k to spend on prostitutes and cocaine to ‘go out with a bang’

See Aldi worker stuffing takings down his trousers

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Instead of depositing the store’s taking in a safe at the store, Steven Pyle stuffed the money down his pants to later spend on prostitutes and cocaine.

As reported by Chronicle Live, Newcastle Crown Court heard he had developed a secret £150 a day cocaine habit and was sometimes drinking 16 pints a day.

Instead of depositing takings in a safe at the Westerhope store on Stamfordham Road, Newcastle, he sneaked them into his trousers.

As well as his cocaine habit, he was drinking up to 16 pints a day, Newcastle Crown Court.

It was revealed that the thefts took place between April and May this year and amounted to £12,690.

One of the key parts of Pyle’s role was to deposit takings from the till into a safe, but when security company G4S came to collect them they found that there were three bags missing.

An initial check of CCTV suggested there was nothing untoward, but suspicion fell on Pyle when he suddenly resigned unexpectedly and refused to work his notice period.

The court heard that three weeks previously he had expressed displeasure about his earnings decreasing but gave no hint he planned to quit.

Pyle said he planned to kill himself and wanted to “go out with a bang”.

Jenny Haigh, prosecuting, said: “On closely checking the CCTV again, the defendant was seen to, instead of dropping the bags in the bottom safe as he should, he concealed them in the front of his trousers when his back was turned away from the CCTV.”

After pleading guilty to theft, Pyle was sentenced to 24 weeks suspended for 12 months with 80 hours unpaid work.

Sentencing the 34-year-old, Matthew Happold said: “During a three week period you, instead of putting cash bags in the safe, put them down your trousers.

“When the discrepancy in the money bags was discovered, examination of CCTV revealed what had happened.

“The pre-sentence report and mental health report say that at the time you decided to take your own life but you wanted to go out with a bang.

“The pre-sentence report says you took each bag with the intention of replacing it with your gaming winnings.”

However, it was revealed that this did not end up happening.

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Mr Happold added: “You blew it on drugs and prostitutes.

“It was a breach of trust. You were trusted to put the money in the safe.”

The court heard Pyle suffers from anxiety, depression, paranoia and low mood and did make an attempt on his life but was not hospitalised as a result – he is now making efforts to tackle his drug and alcohol issues.

Tony Cornberg, defending, said: “This case perhaps serves as a reminder that you never really know what’s going on behind the scenes with a person when they finish their shift and go home.

“There was a planned suicide. He was drinking 16 pints of lager a day and taking £150 a day of cocaine secretly.

“He has true remorse about the effect on others.”

Additional reporting by Rob Kennedy.

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