A man whohelped himself to$187,000 from the RCMP Training Academy's canteen in Regina has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Marlowe Lang, 42,tookthe money over 28 months beginning in 2003 while working at the snack bar.

The missing funds were first noticed when a suspicious transaction came to light during a routine check of the canteen's books last fall.

On Friday, provincial court Judge Linton Smith also ordered Lang to pay back the money, in $20-a-month increments, once he gets out of jail.

Lang, who had worked at the canteen for almost two decades, used a system of false sales and returns to steal the money, and most of the money was spent on video lottery terminals, the court was told.