"He would keep two (of the envelopes) and send one."
Tesco cashier Snehal Chavada, aged 31, of Rushey Mead, Leicester, stole £6,000 from his workplace to pay off his debts.
Leicester magistrates heard that he stole the money by pocketing £500 wads of cash instead of sending them to the safe to be banked.
Chavada was suspected of stealing the money when bosses at the Belgrave Gate branch where he worked, saw that till receipts showed a big difference in the sums that should have arrived from his till to those that actually arrived.
It was heard that he had a number of debts in the UK and in India which had built up.
Chavada admitted stealing from his employers between February 3 and March 7, 2019.
The prosecutor Harbinder Gahar explained how the Tesco cashier would take some of the takings from his till. He said that Chavada was responsible for counting up the money at the end of the day.
Mr Gahar said: “It would be put in sets of £500, put in separate envelopes and sent to the safe.
“He would keep two (of the envelopes) and send one.”
Mr Gahar said that after store bosses became suspicious, the store CCTV was checked. The footage showed Chavada taking the money.
“He is interviewed and makes a full and frank confession. He had debts back in India and the UK.”
The court was told that there was an element of planning and sophistication when the theft was carried out.
The prosecution initially said that around £9,000 had been stolen, however, Chavada said that he did not think it was that much.
He pleaded guilty to stealing the money on the basis that the amount was £6,000.
Leicester Mercury reported that the case was adjourned by magistrates so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared.
There have been a number of cases in which a person has stolen from their employer.
In 2018, Ilyiea Ali was jailed for 30 months after stealing over £600,000 from her company. She worked for International Security Forum Limited as a finance director.
She had been seduced by Tahmoor Khan, a jailed online fraudster. This prompted Ali to steal.
She found a way to siphon around £610,000 from her employers between March 2015 and April 2016.
Ali paid around £319,000 to Khan and paid £191,000 to “family members” to whom she owed money.
Ali was investigated by officers, however, she stole a further £75,000. Some of the money was used to pay for a holiday to Dubai.
She was eventually arrested and jailed.