Manager admits stealing €43,000 from Tesco
THE night manager of a Tesco supermarket was charged yesterday with stealing more than €40,000 from the store.
Michael Thomas Kearns (41) from Brecanlea in Claudy, Co Derry, has admitted stealing £36,201 (€43,400) from the Tesco supermarket in Main Street, Limavady, Co Derry and then driving to Geevagh in Co Sligo where he deposited the money in his uncle's post office.
A detective constable told the judge at Derry Magistrate's Court that Kearns "has made full and frank admissions in relation to the robbery".
He said Kearns contacted the police last Saturday morning and reported to them that he had been abducted by a masked gang while travelling into work. Kearns said the gang used threats to force him to take the money from the Tesco store.
"The defendant was in an employment dispute with his employer at the time and after the theft he made up false cash entries to attempt to cover his actions," the police officer said.
Refusing bail, the judge said although Kearns had no criminal record in the North, he had numerous convictions for fraud, theft, shoplifting, making false statements and altering documents in Blackpool and Preston in the UK between 1989 and 1995.
Kearns was remanded in custody and will appear in court again for a video link hearing on September 2.