A gambling addict who stole more than £9,000 of scratch cards – and won just £250 – has been handed unpaid work.
Daniel Milne stole £9,250 of the cards over the course of two months while working at Sainsbury’s in the St Nicholas Centre, Aberdeen.
He was eventually caught when CCTV was examined.
The offence took place between April 2 and June 12 this year.
He is no longer an employee at the store.
Milne, who had previously pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of scratch cards, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday for sentencing.
Milne’s solicitor, Tony Burgess, told the court his client had already started to pay for the scratch cards and a direct debit had been set up, paying £150 per month.
He added: “I could sense genuine regret at his actions.”
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin gave Milne, whose address was given in court papers as the Spital, Aberdeen, a community payback order as an alternative to custody.
She ordered him to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within six months.
She also ordered that Milne be supervised for a period of 12 months.
A review was also ordered to check the progress of the repayment and unpaid hours after four months.
Fiscal depute Anne Macdonald previously said: “The accused was captured on CCTV concealing lottery packages and leaving the store with them.”
She added: “He knew where the scratch cards were kept. He had easy access to them.
“He said he realised there was CCTV when he was involved in taking the cards at the till. He said himself, when he was confronted by a colleague, ‘it’s a lot of money’.”
Miss Macdonald told the court Milne told officers he had a gambling problem and was addicted to it.
He also said he was saving to buy a house.