An Albion Park man who fleeced more than $10,000 from his employer after just two months in the job told his boss he needed the cash because he was being threatened for money, a court has heard.
Carl Geoffrey Stone had been working as the manager of The Grand Hotel at Kiama for just eight weeks when he stole $10,361.55 in takings from the hotel's safe in the early hours of May 28 last year.
When questioned about the theft, Stone told the pub's licensee he was being "stood over".
The case was reported to police, who charged Stone with a stealing offence.
He pleaded guilty to the charge during a subsequent court appearance and will face sentencing next month.
In documents tendered to the court, police said stone had easy access to the hotel's takings due to his responsibilities in balancing tills and floats at the end of the day.
The court heard Stone reconciled the day's takings in the early hours of May 27, locking the money in the pub's safe.
However, the following morning he attended the hotel when it was closed for business, disabled the alarm and went upstairs, where he removed a pencil case of cash from the safe.
The entire incident was caught on the pub's CCTV cameras. The licensee discovered the cash anomaly the next day.
Meanwhile, Stone sent him the following text mesage: "I just noticed that I have a pencil case in my jumper....that I forgot the put in the safe, I was moving money around on Saturday night and I wasn't quite myself".
Stone promised to return the pencil case and offer an explanation later that day but didn't turn up for three days, at which time he said he was being stood over for money.