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Employer 'unsure he can trust staff' after stock theft.

Byline: TOM HOUGHTON Reporter tom.houghton@walesonline.co.uk

A BUSINESS owner says he is unsure if he can trust staff any more after his former warehouse manager was jailed for stealing thousands of pounds' worth of goods.

Christopher Williams pleaded guilty to one count of theft after he stole kitchen and bathroom supplies belonging to Grand Taps Ltd, which employed him at the time of the police investigation back in January.

Williams, 37, of Unity Street, Aberdare, who was employed at the company as a warehouse manager for nine months, was given a 12-month prison sentence.

Tim Mealing, managing director of Grand Taps, said Williams had stolen supplies worth thousands of pounds.

Mr Mealing said: "I'm never going to have a warehouse manager again. It's about trying to trust people again.

"I have members of staff saying stuff to me now and I think 'do I believe that?'.

"It's affected me really badly. I started interviews for warehouse manager but I thought no, I will do it myself."

The company sells kitchen and bathroom products online and was founded in 2007 by Mr Mealing, and Williams was manager of the 16,000sq ft warehouse in Aberdare.

Mr Mealing added: "We hired a few more employees in the last two or three years, but it makes me think whether I can run a company with staff.

"I have now got cameras everywhere which I never had before. The trust is my major issue at the moment.

"It's a financial hit because the money we have lost would have gone towards employees' wages, and the investigation caused us a lot of stress too. The goods are gone now and there's nothing that can be done, but from a tax point of view, the government has lost out."

Williams was sentenced by Judge Thomas Crowther at Merthyr Crown Court on Friday after initially pleading guilty when the case was heard at the magistrates' court.

A Proceeds of Crime hearing will take place on September 15.

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