Let’s face it, each and every one of us has done something stupid in our lives that we regret and are embarrassed to talk about. When we are close to being caught out, we come up with some extravagant lies to try and get ourselves off the proverbial hook. However, as you are about to see, some people are willing to go a lot farther than others.
Costa Coffee Manager Fakes Robbery to Try and Cover Up His Theft
Gary Mills, a former Costa Coffee manager from Swansea, staged a robbery at the shop that he was manager of after he stole all the week’s earning and gambled it all away at one of the local bookmakers.
On the 16th August 2019, Mills called the local police station to report that a man in a boiler forced his way into the shop in the early hours of the morning and demanded that he handed over all of the money. Mills went on to claim that he opened up the safe and gave the man all the cash inside before he was hit on the side of the head with a hammer.
Mills deliberately slurred his speech while on the phone to make it look like he was dazed, but when they arrived at the shop in question, he didn’t have any physical injuries that would tie in with blunt force trauma to the side of the head.
The officers on the scene could smell that Mills had been drinking and he admitted that he had been out the previous evening. The 44-year-old was told to hand over the keys to the shop, but he started to become agitated and even used some insulting words. The police carried out an investigation and found no evidence of a violent robbery.
He Was Later Arrested for Staging a Robbery
The police established that just under 4k had been stolen, and Mills was later charged at the hospital where he was being checked over for the injuries that he supposedly suffered.
He was later interviewed by the police and he eventually came clean. He confessed that he had stolen the money himself to go and bet on cricket and football matches at a local bookmaker. Unfortunately, his luck was out so he lost all the money, meaning he had to fabricate a story.
What Punishment Did He Receive?
Mills was charged with theft and appeared before the Swansea Crown Court to be sentenced. The Judge, Keith Tomas, gave him a one-year prison sentence (suspended for two years) and ordered him to join a rehabilitation program and carry out community service. He was also fined £149.
If you ask our opinion, he got off pretty lightly.