Off-licence sales assistant who stole €3k from till told gardai he was 'mis-pressing the buttons'
A SALES assistant at an off-licence has been ordered to pay €3,000 compensation after he was found guilty of stealing takings.
Aleksanders Vedernikovs (35) took the money on 20 separate occasions over a six-week period.
Judge Ann Ryan found him guilty after he had denied theft charges at Dublin District Court.
She adjourned the case for the production of a probation report and payment of compensation.
Vedernikovs, of Rochfort Green, Baker’s Walk, Kilcock, Co Kildare, pleaded not guilty to theft between December 2, 2014 and January 17, 2015.
The thefts, of sums ranging from €17 to €484 happened at the Arc Bar Off Licence, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, where he worked at the time.
The accused said he had “misused the till”, which was newly-installed and did not intentionally take anything.
The court heard the defendant had been employed there for a number of years and between the dates in question, money went missing from the till.
CCTV was viewed and the prosecution said that for some transactions, money was not put in the till while in others, only partial payment was made.
The discrepancies in the takings amounted to €3,080.
The accused had told gardai a new till had been installed at the off licence and there had been no formal training in using it. It was “completely different to the old one,” he said.
It was put to him in interview that when customers bought beer, he inputted a smaller quantity than had been brought to the till.
“It must have been an input mistake,” he said. “I had no intention of taking money. If I did make a mistake I didn’t do it on purpose.”
On one occasion, it was put to him that he was handed money for three four-packs of beer and gave the customer change. However, there was only one on the till roll.
“Maybe I mis-pressed the buttons again,” he told gardai. “I must not have looked at the screen and noticed how much it had been.”
Judge Ryan adjourned the case to a date in October.