A new $699 Apple iPad for $2 – it must be a steal

A NEW $699 Apple iPad for the super low price of $2 - score. This thought must have gone through Troy Adam Ballantyne's mind when he was completing the transaction.

Ballantyne had been working for Dick Smith Electronics in Mackay as a salesman for about eight months in April when he decided to give himself 'mates rates' on a new 64GB Apple iPad worth $699, the Mackay Magistrates Court heard.

He charged himself just $2 for the iPad by altering the price in the store's computer system, prosecutor Bimal Raut said.

"That's a good discount," Magistrate Damien Dwyer said.

Ballantyne then took the iPad and concealed it in his bag. It was not seen during a routine bag search at the end of the shift, Mr Raut said. A store manager noticed the fraudulent transaction and immediately notified police, he said.

Mr Dwyer said Ballantyne must have thought his managers had "pumpkins" for heads, if he tried to get away with that offence.

"They do not," Ballantyne said. He pleaded guilty to one count of stealing by clerks and servants.

Mr Dwyer said Ballantyne had "a nasty history of burglary and drug matters" for matters occurring in 2006 and 2009.

Defence solicitor Chris Schrader said Ballantyne had made significant changes to his life since then.

"He's remorseful for his actions," Mr Schrader said.

Ballantyne was convicted and fined $225, and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid community service.

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