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Gambling addict swipes cash from employers towards £30k debts

A GAMBLING addict, with £30,000 of debts, has admitted stealing from his Chelmsley Wood employers, Solihull Magistrates heard.

A GAMBLING addict, with £30,000 of debts, has admitted stealing from his Chelmsley Wood employers, Solihull Magistrates heard.

Jonathan Wintle, of Darren Close, Smith’s Wood, had been working at Cash Generators when he took £600 in cash and £150 worth of Blu-ray DVDs.

Colin Heald, prosecuting, said the cash had been taken over three separate occasions between January 2-9 as fictional customer payments for televisions and a computer.

Thirty Blu-rays, normally sold for at least £4.99 each, were then ‘bought’ by the 32-year-old for a total of just £10.

“He admitted everything in interview,” said Mr Heald. “He said he had used other people’s accounts.

“He said he was in debt, he had a £30,000 debt from a gambling addiction.”

Peter Cooke, defending, admitted his client “just can’t leave the machines alone”.

Wintle, who has no previous convictions, was unconditionally bailed to appear back at court on April 5 for pre-sentence reports.

 

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