An agent has been sacked after being caught on camera stealing a bar of chocolate from a rented flat during a viewing.
The distinctively dressed agent (his purple suit is in Cadbury colours) pocketed the bar of Galaxy as he showed prospective tenants round the flat in Walthamstow, Essex.
As the viewers left one room, he turned round, went back in and can be seen taking the chocolate and putting it into a pocket.
The current tenant, Jon Charter, is in the process of moving out and was trying out some new hidden security camera equipment he had bought for his new property.
The agent, named as George Castle, begged Mr Charter in a series of texts “not to take it any further” and begged to be allowed to go round an apologise in person, saying he was embarrassed and ashamed. He also said he suffered from fainting and dizziness and had been desperate for sugar.
However, Mr Charter called the estate agent’s boss at Your Move Sterling & Co – a franchise of Your Move – who fired him.
Mr Charter said: “Estate agents are not the most popular of people at the best of times but you’d never expect something like this. It just destroys whatever trust you may have.”
The agent’s employer obviously agreed.
Manish Somani, director of Your Move Sterling & Co, said: “We take pride in the provisions of our services and we are very serious about the protection of our reputation and brand.
“Therefore as soon as we were made aware of this incident, action was taken and the employee is no longer working for us.
“We have also apologised to both the tenant and landlord for this unfortunate incident.
“The landlord has fully accepted this apology and the tenant has accepted a payment as a goodwill gesture for both the chocolate bar and any inconvenience caused.”
The incident has, however, been reported to police.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “On September 13 police received an allegation of theft alleged to have occurred around 3.15pm on September 12.
“The allegation relates to the theft of a chocolate bar at an address in Hoe Street, E17. Enquiries continue.”