Ex Smyths Toys shop manager guilty of stealing nearly £10k worth of toys

A former Smyths Toys shop manager has been ordered to pay almost £10,000 after stealing a stash of toys, including nearly £3,000 worth of LEGO.

The 32 year old Stuart Andrews admitted to stealing £9,000 worth of toys from the chain’s Central retail Park outlet in Bradwell Common.

Andrews was caught on CCTV taking 15 LEGO sets worth £2,700 off the shelves as he was filmed carrying the stash through the warehouse and to his car.

Further surveillance of the shop’s CCTV revealed eight similar thefts from the store between December 2015 and April 2016, with goods totalling £9,00, according to the Milton Keynes Citizen.

Aylesbury Crown Court Judge Francis Sheridan told Andrews: “The company you used to work for has suffered a great loss.

“I want to assure them that you will pay back the compensation within 12 months.”

Andrews was dealt a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to pay back the £9,000.

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