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Warehouse manager admits stealing thousands of pounds from Reeds in Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 12:57 11 March 2011 | UPDATED: 14:55 11 March 2011

Nigel Montgomery Cross arriving at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court. Picture: Ian Burt.

Nigel Montgomery Cross arriving at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court. Picture: Ian Burt.

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A man has pleaded guilty to taking almost £17,000 from his employers to fund his gambling habit.

Nigel Montgomery Cross, 49, of Foxes Meadow, Castle Acre, appeared at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court yesterday on a charge of fraud by abuse of position.

The 49-year-old admitted stealing £16,998.97 between August 8, 2010 and February 22 this year while working as a warehouse manager for Reeds in Downham Market.

Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said Cross was arrested after a director at the department store noticed there were 19 refund transactions to the same bank card in five weeks.

She told the court the card was seized from Cross by officers when he was arrested and during interview he told officers he had a gambling addiction and that was why he had taken the money.

Lead magistrate Margaret Oechsle told Cross he will be sentenced at the crown court.

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