A gambling addict who worked as a bookies deputy manager stole a total of £7,000 from the very shop he worked for, and now he has been put behind bars because of it. Adam Keep, age 47, a resident of Crockford Park Road, Addlestone, who works as a deputy manager of the Coral bookies located in Weybridge, Surrey, stole the money last November 2015 while on duty at the shop in the casino.
The Guildford Crown Court Judge Rajeev Rama Shetty heard Mr. Keep's unlawful plot. The plan was to double up the cash, before anyone noticed. Unfortunately, things didn't go quite as he had planned.
The first theft happened on November 21, 2015 (Saturday), in which Mr. Keep snatched £3,000 from the safe when he was all alone in the shop.
Jerome Silva, prosecuting, stated, "Mr. Keep was employed by Coral in a ‘position of trust'. He went to a casino in the hope he could make more money and replace what he took."
Once empty handed right after losing the stolen bankroll, the distressed deputy manager went back again into the safe the following day and he took £4,000. Alas, he lost it all.
At that moment, Mr. Keep's conscience took over and he admitted to the manager at the Coral shop on what he had done. The manager checked the safe and it was indeed lacking £7,000 just as he had said. After that, he was immediately fired from his position at the betting shop and arrested for charges of theft.
When the police arrested him, Mr. Keep confessed, "You won't find the money here. It's all gone in the casino."
Judge Shetty gave the gambling addict a jail sentence of one year, subsequently followed by probation of two years. Also, he was required to complete 200 hours of community service.
Not only that, once he is discharged from jail in 2017, Mr. Keep will be required to wear an electronic tagging device for the first six months after his release. With the device, he will be rendered unable to leave his residence between the hours of 9pm and 6am during that period.
Judge Shetty warned the public that "Drugs and alcohol are the headline problems, but gambling looks like it's the next epidemic."