Crime in the workplace can have a disastrous effect on a business including reduced cash flow, loss of reputation and your inaction could make you complicit in the committing of the crime.
So how should you deal with situations like this?
Unfortunately there is no “one size fits all” rule… other than, it’s going to cost you either “time” or “money”… time to get it right, and compensation if you don’t.
If you already have good evidence to support the allegation, put it to the employee that these facts have been reported to you and you’re about to refer the matter to the police to investigate. You may find the employee “goes to water” and confesses to the crime.
If you don’t have good evidence to support the allegation, but your gut is telling you there’s a “serious problem” then your choices are:
Sack the employee immediately and let the employee challenge the validity of the sacking (unfair dismissal claim); or