A Lidl store manager who stole tens of thousands of pounds from the budget supermarket has been jailed for two years.
Benjamin Flack helped himself to around £30,000 from the store before being caught on CCTV.
The 34 year old worked as deputy store manager at the Lidl branch in Aylesbury Shopping Park when he stole the money in January and February last year.
A judge heard the father-of-two was on bail for a similar crime - stealing £5,000 from an ASDA store - at the time of his latest offence.
Flack nodded but showed no other signs of emotion as Judge Justin Cole jailed him.
The judge told him: “You stole cash in an unsophisticated way but a systematic way.
“The really aggravating factor here is this offence follows on the heels of a similar offence at ASDAJudge Justin Cole
“The really aggravating factor here is this offence follows on the heels of a similar offence at ASDA.”
Judge Cole told Flack, from Barleyfield Way, Dunstable, that he would serve half of the sentence behind bars.
Flack falsified receipts so staff only realised money was missing when they went to pay it in at the bank.
The judge, sitting at Aylesbury Crown Court in Amersham, heard that Flack had battled gambling and drug addictions.
Sarah Holland, mitigating, said the thought of going to prison ‘terrified’ Flack, who has two daughters, aged six and nine years.
“He doesn’t fear for himself, he fears for his children,” said Ms Holland.
“He continues to try to be a positive role model to his daughters and live a law-abiding life. This is a man who can benefit from a community order.”
However, Judge Cole ignored pleas for a suspended sentence and jailed Flack, who admitted one count of stealing from his employer.