By Beth Sharp Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 24/10 15:05
A BROMSGROVE man was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to stealing £4,794 worth of electronic filter tips from his employer.
Lucas Bartram, 20, was arrested on October 5 when his manager found a box full of E-Lite filter tips, worth £7.49 each, from Zandera Ltd's factory on the Buntsford Hill Business Park.
Redditch Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday (October 22) how Bartram, who worked for the company for two-years, asked his manager if he could take some empty boxes home as he was in the process of moving house.
Bartram loaded the boot of his car with empty boxes and a box full of filter tips while his manager monitored him on the CCTV system.
Once finished, his manager came out and asked him to open his boot and, when the box of filter tips were found, the police were called.
The defence said Bartram had a moment of madness because he had been struggling with bills, was in the process of buying a house and had already borrowed money from his family and friends.
He added it was a single incident on a mad afternoon and that Bartram had said he was unsure of how he was even going to sell the items, maybe in a pub.
Bartram apologised to his employer for his behaviour but the company was forced to terminate his contract for theft and a breach in trust.
Magistrates handed him a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Bartram was not ordered to pay compensation as the merchandise was recovered and was still in a saleable condition.
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