Former March pub manager gambled away �2k of takings to replace cash he’d stolen
A PUB manager gambled away �2,000 of bar takings in a “moment of complete madness” as he tried to win enough cash to replace another �2,000 he had already stolen from his employers.
But Neil Rolfe had no luck at the bookies, and Wednesday he admitted stealing a total of �4,000 from the owners of the Coachmakers Arms in March.
The first discrepancy over the pub’s finances came to light when takings were not banked, prosecutor Emma Duckett told Fenland magistrates.
“He said he had either borrowed it to pay a debt or lent it to a friend,” said Miss Duckett.
His regional manager organised a repayment scheme, requiring Rolfe to repay �350 a week.
For the next two weeks the pub’s takings and an extra �350 was banked. But Rolfe failed to bank �1,800 takings the third week; and the pub failed to open.
“There was real concern,” said Miss Duckett. When contacted, Rolfe said he had “messed up,” and admitted gambling the week’s takings.
- 1 Man taken to hospital with serious injuries after B1098 crash
- 2 Family escape 'devastating fire' that ripped through home
- 3 Leslie 'faster, fitter, happier' after losing 10 stone in four months
- 4 House fire that killed two children will not have further electrical checks
- 5 Family pleased with 'huge reaction' thanks to charity Christmas lights
- 6 Cambridgeshire individual diagnosed with Covid-19 Omicron variant
- 7 Bus ‘wars', Aids, Ely parking and a ’vote for fen man – for fen people’
- 8 Rachael takes bronze at national hairdressing competition
- 9 Primary school plans for new town take step forward
- 10 Four charged with modern slavery crimes on one woman
Miss Duckett added: “When arrested, Rolfe admitted taking �2,000 on two occasions, he said he had been struggling to pay wages, so used the takings. He had tried to gamble the second lot of money, to win back the first lot, but he was not successful.”
Pub owners Richbar Ltd accepted that Rolfe had stolen �4,000 and had repaid �700.
Rolfe, 60, of High Street, March, admitted stealing a quantity of money between March 29 and April 19.
Mitigating, solicitor David Chapple said: “This was a person in a position of trust, and on his own admission he stole less than �3,300 in three weeks.
“In a fit of madness he gambled �2,000, and inevitably lost the lot.”
Sentencing was adjourned until June 30.