A WOMAN stole £820 from her employer because she was struggling with debt, a court heard.
Donna Tyrer, 27, had been asked to put the money, which had been paid in cash for a repair job, into the till at Kinders Service Station in Garstang Road, Broughton.
But two days later a member of staff noticed the deposit had not been made.
Tyrer was questioned, and initially said she had handed the cash to another member of staff to put into the till.
However CCTV footage captured from the workplace showed she had done no such thing.
She pleaded guilty to theft at Preston Crown Court and was ordered to carry out 12 months supervision with the Probation Service.
Joseph Holt, defending, told the court the apprentice beautician, of Beech Road, Leyland, committed the theft “in a moment of folly when she was struggling with debt.”
He added: “She is a woman who is deeply ashamed of the fact she is here and truly upset by what she has done.”
However Judge Anthony Russell QC said Tyrer – who is expecting a baby in the next two months – could not carry out unpaid work.