Manager did ‘a runner’ after stealing £2,000 of takings from South Shields pub

Annie McCarthys
Annie McCarthys

A pub manager who stole more than £2,000 in takings from a South Tyneside pub were he worked for just two weeks has been spared jail.

Alan McCabe “did a runner” from Annie McCarthy’s, in Albemarle Street, South Shields, when he was confronted over the missing money and was arrested in Stevenage,Hertfordshire, where he went to live with his mother.

The defendant left the pub completely and did not return - he had done a runner.

Prosecutor Vince Ward

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 29-year-old had been taken on by bar chain D&G Pubs Ltd as manager of the town centre pub on November 18, 2013, but during his two and a half weeks of employment he failed to submit his accounting documents as requested, and quickly raised suspicions.

On December 5 that year, a barmaid who opened up the bar discovered it in a state.

Prosecutor Vince Ward said: “The Christmas tree was tipped over, shelves were off the walls, the pool table was moved, a number of glasses had been smashed and tables had been turned over.”

The shocked worker contacted the area manager, who arrived at the bar and confronted McCabe.

Mr Ward said: “The area manager asked for his paperwork and he said that 
it was in his flat, above the bar.

“The defendant left the pub completely and did not return. He had done a runner.”

The court heard an audit carried out found £2,486 was stolen.

McCabe, who now lives and works in the south of England, admitted theft.

Judge Robin Mairs sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with 250 hours’ unpaid work and £1,000 costs.

The judge said: “Within days you had your hand, perhaps literally and certainly metaphorically, in the till. It was always going to come to light.

The judge said McCabe’s efforts to evade justice were “pathetic” and said McCabe’s chances of finding a future career working with cash were in ruins.

The judge told him: “This stays with you for life.”

Graeme Cook, defending, said McCabe has part-time work in a shop.