Three fined over workplace thefts

SEVERAL people have appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court this week charged with stealing from their work places.

Mereki Breegan Sykes Butcher, a former employee of Woolworths Urangan, appeared on 10 counts of stealing.

The court was told that on each occasion, between June and August of this year, Butcher helped herself to $100 and $200 lots of cash from a cash register at the supermarket.

The amount totalled $1650 but Butcher had paid all but $175 back.

The court heard that as a result of the offences, Butcher had applied for between 40 and 50 jobs but could not secure work.

The 21-year-old was ordered by Magistrate Tom Killeen to pay back the outstanding amount and to also perform 80 hours of community service.

Because of her age and lack of criminal history, a conviction was not recorded.

A former employee of Target Hervey Bay has also appeared in court charged with stealing.

Leonie Maree Campbell told the court she was “remorseful and embarrassed” by what she had done.

Campbell, 18, pleaded guilty to removing $100, in $10 and $20 lots, from her register between May and November.

When interviewed by the company about the theft, she removed a $10 note from her pocket and told them she’d “accidentally” placed it there, the court heard.

But she later made admissions to the company and to police.

Campbell was fined $500 but a conviction was not recorded. She was further ordered to pay $100 restitution.

Andrew John Green was ordered to pay $26.20 restitution for the 15 energy drinks he stole while working at Big W Pialba.

The 41-year-old worked at the store between May and October, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard, until his employer attended the Hervey Bay police station to report the theft.

Green told the court that he took full responsibility for his actions, which he said had caused much stress for himself and his family.

He was fined $500.



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