Theft at work does happen, and you’d be naïve to think you’ll never fall victim to it. It’s serious misconduct, and you should take steps to prevent it and learn what to do if it happens in your business.
If you have evidence of theft or you suspect theft by your employee, there are two aspects to consider: their employment, and whether they’ve committed a crime.
It’s a good idea to investigate before going to the police. This is because if the police decide not to prosecute, and you haven’t carried out a proper investigation but still ask the employee to leave, they may see this as unfair dismissal.
If you have dismissed a worker because of theft, think seriously about contacting the police. Unless the person is prosecuted, they will have a clean record and could start offending in another job.