A CROOKED security van driver is facing jail after his own father discovered he had secretly stolen cash collected from Co-op stores. Andrew Cave, 25, admitted pocketing up to 9,000 from branches he had collected money from. The thefts only came to light when his father discovered collection envelopes containing 3,625 cash in the boot of his son s car.
His company, Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd, and police were then called in and he was arrested. A judge at Warwick Crown Court warned Cave that custody is likely after he had pleaded guilty to the theft and the case was adjourned after the company claimed 11,860 had been taken. The former security guard, of Rectory Close, Exhall, was granted bail for evidence to be obtained on exactly how much he had stolen.
Prosecutor Ian Windridge said Cave had worked as a cash in transit driver for Coventry-based Security Plus Ltd since November 2015, and his job included collecting cash from stores. The last day he had worked for the company was May 27 . Six days later his father discovered two Security Plus packages containing 3,625 in cash in the boot of his son s car. When challenged, Cave admitted taking the money from his employers – who were then informed, along with police.
In interview, Cave admitted that he had collected cash from three Co-op stores in north Warwickshire and Hinckley. He should have scanned the packages of cash, which would have entered them onto the Security Plus system, but instead he had made an excuse to give staff handwritten receipts.
Cave admitted he then kept the cash, which he said came to between 8,000 to 9,000, but Security Plus put the figure at around 11,860. Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: If it is provable by the company, it should be proved.
Plainly Mr Cave wants to know his fate, but his fate may be different under the guidelines if this material is available . It could make a real difference.
David Coyle, defending, said: He accepts whatever figure is established by evidence.
Mr Cave still has the sum of 2,700 in his bank account, and he wants to repay that to the company.
The difficulty is that the police have his bank card, and without that he can t make the transaction. The judge said Cave should be allowed to repay the money in his account before the next hearing . He warned the defendant: All options remain open .
I am making no promises at all .
Custody is likely.
Extra security has been introduced to Kings Heath Dining Club this weekend. The monthly event, which takes place in York Road, will also charge customers an entrance fee for the first time.
The event requires the closure of York Road where it meets Kings Heath1 High Street next to the Hare & Hounds pub which organises the day. The pub s website says: There will be a slight change in the layout of the event.
Despite our best efforts to avoid this, recent consultations with local businesses and residents raised a number of concerns including people drinking outside the footprint of the event and making certain businesses feel uncomfortable about the potential for antisocial behaviour.
Street food on York Road in Kings Heath (Image: Graham Young)
This has resulted in the decision to reduce the size of the closure with the new layout going no further than the Relax & Comfort furniture shop, fully fenced all the way around with stewards/security at each end.
This combined with the recent increase in street closure costs passed on by Birmingham City Council will result in a small entry fee of 1.50 for adults (kids still free) with 50p from each payment going to a local Kings Heath charity.
Taking place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, July 16, with resident DJs adding to the atmosphere, traders being advertised include Handmade Pizza Co, Platinum Pancakes, Homeboys, Bare Bones Churro, English Indian, Low n Slow2 , Baked in Brick3 , Fancy Fries, Canoodle, Habanero, Bee-Fest Italian and Smoqued.
A Waffle van on York Road (Image: Graham Young)
Because new rules are set to apply to public events from August 1, it has not yet been decided whether the next Kings Heath Dining Club will go ahead in August.
Earlier this week it seemed as if the now annual event would be moving from York Road to the Parade car park off the High Street due to public security and fire safety concerns.
View from upstairs at the Hare & Hounds during the 2015 Kings Heath Street Festival (Image: Graham Young)
Following comments from business owners and residents, the Kings Heath BID is currently reconsidering all options with the safety changes from August 1 also in mind.
PC Andy Collis (0094) with Caydon Madden (five, left) and brother Charlie Madden (four) on York Road in 2015 (Image: Graham Young)
Even if the September Street Festival stays on York Road, we are still keen to have similar events in other parts of Kings Heath, such as The Parade, the Village Square and even using our two schools Bishop Challoner Secondary School6 and Kings Heath Primary.
Joginder Mattu, aged 73, was so badly injured following the attack at Stoke Forgings in Brierley Hill he was left in a coma.
Parsons had pleaded guilty to attempted murder and burglary at the factory in Vine Street. The court heard how the attack lasted 17 minutes and at one point Parsons knelt to say something in the ear of the defenceless pensioner. Mr Mattu suffered a bleed to the brain, fractures to the face and head wounds.
Yet despite the week in a coma following the attack on March 19, Mr Mattu has made a remarkable recovery. In a statement a family member said: “Dad is recovering at home and as a family we would like to draw closure on this incident; we just want to give dad time to recuperate with his family, hopefully make a full recovery and for him to enjoy his retirement.”
Detective Constable Paul Widdal, from West Midlands Police, said: “I am pleased the court has recognised the severity of the assault and handed down a lengthy prison sentence . Parsons is clearly a danger to the public and people are safer with him behind bars.
I also want to pay my respects to Mr Mattu . He has shown great courage and a fantastic mind-set . In fact, when he came around in hospital the first thing he wanted to know was if anything had been stolen and when told no replied ‘I did my job then!’
Judge James Burbidge QC told Parsons: “You showed him no mercy as he became increasingly incapacitated.
“You bludgeoned him and left him in a pool of blood to die.”