Worker stole £1k from store's safe
SUPERMARKET worker Dalton Simms stole £1,000 from a safe at the store where he worked.
The 38-year-old was caught in the act by CCTV cameras at Asda in Tunstall.
Now Simms has been handed a community order by a court and faces missing the birth of his child as he checks into rehab to sort out his alcohol addiction.
Prosecutor Steve Knowles told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: "There had been a £1,000 shortage highlighted at the store. The investigation manager reviewed CCTV and believed Mr Simms to be responsible.
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"He spoke to Mr Simms who immediately said: 'I will be honest with you, I have taken the money. I had a bad debt, I'm sorry'."
Police were called and Simms admitted taking £1,000 in £10 notes from the safe as he 'had a habit to feed'.
He said it had been 'eating away at him' since he took it, and he knew he wouldn't get away with it. He has paid back £510 since the December 4 theft.
Simms, of Cromartie Street, Dresden, was caught drink driving a month beforehand.
Police were called to Trentham Road in Blurton after Simms's Volkswagen Golf crashed into the back of another car.
A test revealed he had an alcohol level of 289mg in 100ml of urine. The legal limit is 107mg.
The court heard Simms had a problem with alcohol since his teens, and was voluntarily checking into rehab in a bid to save his marriage.
He will not be allowed any contact with the outside world for three weeks, and for the remaining 15 weeks visits that will be increased to once a week.
Mike Kimberley, mitigating, said: "At 15 he was diagnosed with diabetes and his mum wrapped him up in cotton wool.
"He had an older brother and a twin who had confidence, while he was reserved. He would have a drink to become more relaxed and get his confidence up. Over the years his tolerance increased and he began to depend on alcohol.
"He refers to his wife as a saint.
"She is due to give birth and he is not likely to see the birth of that child.
"His wife has said if he doesn't complete the course and stay off the drink his marriage is over."
Mr Kimberley added: "He hangs his head in shame. He's full of remorse. He knows this is his last chance."
Magistrates handed Simms a two-year community order with two years supervision.
He must complete an alcohol treatment requirement and was banned from driving for 23 months.
Magistrates ordered him to pay £490 in compensation to Asda, plus £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.