A Newbury shop worker who stole almost £10,000 through fraudulent refunds has escaped a prison sentence.
James Parsons, 30, of Martingale Close, pleaded guilty to stealing £9,653.51 in cash from the Wickes branch in Newbury over a four month period.
It happened between August 1 and November 18 last year when Parsons, who was working as a team leader at the store, would make up product codes to put in the computer system to obtain cash refunds, which he then kept.
In total he completed 65 transactions, as well as shoplifting £405.46 worth of goods that were later found at his house.
He appeared at Reading Crown Court and was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, as well as being ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay £8,500 in compensation.
Parsons will also have to attend 30 sessions of a thinking skills programme, and a 10-day rehabilitation activity.