A STARBUCKS employee jetted off to Tenerife after stealing £1,400 in cash from the Oswestry branch, a court has heard.
James Lloyd Davies booked a flight to the Spanish island just hours after he took the money from the national coffee chain’s shop off Mile End roundabout on December 21, last year.
On Tuesday, March 11, Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court heard how the 30-year-old, of Edward Street, Oswestry, had spent almost all the cash “recreating” the lifestyle he had enjoyed when he lived in Spain between 2005 and 2012.
Kate Price, prosecuting, told the court Davies had been a supervisor at the branch since June and as part of his position had keys to the building, a security fob and the code to the safe, from which he stole the day’s takings and all bar one of the till floats at around 2am.
She continued: “He then went home, packed a few clothes, called the local taxi office and went to Liverpool airport where he booked himself on the 6am flight to Tenerife.”
He had left £100 in coins at home.
The theft was only noticed when the branch was opened up later that morning and CCTV footage showed Davies committing the crime.
Mr Stephen Scully, defending, told the court that Davies returned to Oswestry from Spain after suffering from depression and anxiety and was “self-medicating” himself with alcohol and cocaine.
He continued: “When Davies mixes alcohol with cocaine he acts irrationally.
“He does not recall planning the theft, just trying to go back to better times in Spain.
“When he was in Spain he spent all the money, but remorse got the better of him and he came back home to, in his own words, ‘face the music’.”
Mr Scully added that Davies had visited the doctors before confessing to Oswestry police on New Year’s Eve.
Davies was ordered to pay the remaining £1,311.93 to Starbucks as compensation, as well as a £100 fine and £60 victim surcharge.
He also received a 12-month community order to include 12-months supervision, a six-month alcohol treatment programme, and 25 days at Willowdene Farm, which provides ‘work ready’ programmes for offenders.
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