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Theft at work - dismissal.

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  • Theft at work - dismissal.

    I took an item from work which was written off and sold it online. The value was £80 when sold. However the average value is between £50-£100. I was suspended and attended a post suspension meeting where I admitted to the offence. Offered to reimburse the employer and apologised. I will very likely face dismissal, therefore Iím going to hand in my resignation with immediate effect. There was mention of the police maybe being involved. What are the chances, I get arrest and sent to prison? I havenít told anybody due to the sheer embarrassment. Iím going for genuine advice, rather than a lecture. I know I did something wrong and I have been kicking myself for two weeks.
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    I'm sorry you have got yourself in a pickle.

    My view is that is really depends on the policy of the company in these matters. They may view that either them dismissing you or you agreeing to resign as a consequence is punishment enough. There are no set rules in these situations and it is entirely down to what the company decides to do.

    It may be worth seeing if you can agree with the company your offer to reimburse the cost of the item and give the apology and see on that basis whether they will not involve the police. Theft is a dismissible offence in most companies so whether they will accept a resignation rather than dismiss you depends, if they deem it gross misconduct then they do have the right to not pay any notice period.

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      Quote: What are the chances, I get arrest and sent to prison? unquote

      If reported to police (unlikely) you will be invited in to an interview (if that happens request attendance of duty solicitor which is free).
      As this would be considered a low level crime (altho' with aggravating aspects) it would most probably be dealt with by a caution.


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