Casino employee in £3,000 theft

The Opera House Casino
The Opera House Casino

A MANAGER at Scarborough’s Opera House Casino stole £3,000 from his employer.

Michael Davison, 45, of Caledonia Street, planned the theft in advance and used his position at the casino to gain entry to the room where the cash was stored.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by employee at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Steve Ovenden, prosecuting, said: “There was a breach of trust – £3,000 is a significant sum of money and there was a degree of planning.

“There are various cash drop boxes. You need one electrical key and one physical key to access them.

“He was seen on CCTV with the boxes, before he moved to an area where there were no cameras.

“He worked out what he needed to do and how to execute it.”

Mr Ovenden added that Davison had planned to carry out the theft on the night of Saturday April 9, when he knew the casino would be full of customers.

“He took the money after a busy night when he knew there were large discrepan cies in drop amounts,” he said.

Davison accepted that he had taken the cash after an investigation at the casino was launched and a disciplinary hearing took place.

He was arrested by police and made admissions when he was interviewed.

The court heard that Davison, who wore a dark blue suit, purple shirt and red tie, had two previous convictions, although both were for dissimilar offences.

He was last before the courts in 2005 when he was convicted for common assault.

Shaun Greenan, who represented Davison at the hearing, conceded that the offence would have to be dealt with by York Crown Court, where sentencing powers are greater.

An application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 has also been made. If successful, it would mean the money Davison made dishonestly would be confiscated.

The next hearing will take place on the July 18.

Davison was released on bail, with the conditions that he does not approach or contact any staff member at the Opera House Casino.

He was also told he cannot enter the town centre venue.