A MAN has admitted stealing almost £40,000 while working at a Penrith mobile phone shop.
Jasper Connor Keith Pattison appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (MON) in connection with offending while he was employed at the Devonshire Street branch of the Carphone Warehouse.
During a brief appearance in front of Judge James Adkin, 26-year-old Pattison admitted one charge of theft.
This states that between May 29 of 2016 and May 27 of 2017, he stole £39,793.19 belonging to Carphone Warehouse.
The court heard that Pattison, of Aldby Place, Cleator Moor, had no previous convictions.
Judge Adkin adjourned the case for the defendant to speak with a probation officer.
“I need a short report on you and your background, and potential alternatives to custody from the probation service,” said the judge.
“I say ‘potential’ because I haven’t decided yet what the sentence will be. You must understand that people who steal large sums of money from their employers can be sent to prison. There is a risk.”
Pattison will be sentenced at the crown court later this week, and was granted bail in the meantime.