A manager of a Marks and Spencer store stole over £250,000 from his employer to feed his gambling habit, a court heard.
Martin Trenor, 28, has been charged with theft of £254,000 and fraud by abusing his position as a manager between March 19, 2015 and March 21, 2016.
He entered no plea at Cambridge Magistrates Court on Friday and his case has been sent directly to the crown.
Paul Brown, prosecuting, said the starting term for such a crime is in excess of three years and therefore Trenor’s sentencing needs to be dealt with at a later date.
Mr Brown said: ‘The position we as the prosecution say are these matters are not suitable to be dealt with at magistrates court.
‘The background is he was employed as a manager for the Marks and Spencer Simply Food at Cambridge railway station, he also had responsibilities for two other outlets.
‘His role was he was in charge of banking the cash three times a week.
‘He made admissions in his interviews he had a gambling addiction and couldn’t support his lifestyle on his wages.
‘He’s taken money on a daily basis, and has been gambling online.’
The court heard how Trenor was also responsible for Upper Crust and Delice de France at Cambridge railway station.
Trenor, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, appeared in a black suit and tie at the short hearing and is next due to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on October 14.
Judge Caroline Jackson heard Trenor didn’t enter a guilty plea at the hearing due to an error with the wording of the charges.
But his solicitor, James Dignan, said Trenor will plead guilty to the charges at his next appearance.
Mr Dignan added: ‘You may not consider it it important but if those problems could be resolved by today then he would be pleading guilty today.
‘There will be guilty pleas in due course.’
Judge Jackson addressed Trenor and said: ‘You have heard my comments, this case is too serious to be dealt with at this court.’