A CURRYS worker stole gift cards worth more than £2,000 from the tech giant's Halbeath Retail Park store.

The scheme by Joshua Flower went on for nearly 10 months before suspicions were raised.

He appeared before Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday for sentencing.

Flower, 20, of Garvock Hill, previously admitted that on various occasions between December 1, 2017, and September 26, 2018, at Currys Ltd, Halbeath Retail Park, Dunfermline, he embezzled while an employee of Currys Ltd a quantity of gift cards to the value of £2,103.64, spent the same and obtained goods in exchange.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia explained how Flower had been working within the Carphone Warehouse store within Currys for approximately two years.

His employer became suspicious of his behaviour on September 21, 2018, after analysis showed that the accused had used 12 £25 gift vouchers for his own use.

The cards were part of an upgrade offer that the store was providing for phone customers.

But it would appear customers were not receiving the vouchers and Flower was keeping them for himself.

It was then revealed that 87 gift cards had not been provided to customers and the gift cards were linked to the accused's home address and his name.

There was an internal investigation and Flower was interviewed by security staff at the store, where he admitted to stealing the gift cards.

He was suspended by his employer but resigned quickly after that.

The matter was then reported to police.

Flower said he was representing himself in court but defence solicitor James Moncrieff volunteered to mitigate on his behalf.

Mr Moncrieff said: "He accepts that he committed this crime and is very remorseful of that.

"He is a first-time offender and he has the repaid the money.

"He has a new job also in retail although they are aware of this incident.

"It is obviously something that has caused shame for himself."

Sheriff James MacDonald said: "You're appearing as a first-time offender and at 20 years of age.

"I am going to make an allowance for that as you have previously been of good behaviour."

A community payback order was imposed with 180 hours of unpaid work and nine months of supervision.