A SALES manager admitted stealing more than 300 boxes of Van Houten chocolates and selling them to help pay his gambling debts, the District Court heard yesterday. Chung Yan-lun, 40, pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing $300,000 worth of chocolates from his employer. The defendant was working as the sales manager of Network Foods (HK) Ltd, an agent for Van Houten chocolate in Hong Kong, when the offences took place in January 1995. He admitted presenting hand-written notes to a godown employee demanding 323 boxes of the chocolates be sent to Yuet Hing Development which had not ordered them. Chung also asked for the chocolates to be sent to a fictitious company, the court heard. The managing director of Network Foods later checked the stock and discovered 538 boxes of chocolates were missing. Chung disappeared from work after the theft was reported but surrendered to police in March. He will be sentenced by Judge Jackson on May 25.