Thousands stolen from work car

IT was not clear whether a worker found a new job or had a very forgiving employer when he faced Gympie Magistrates Court charged with stealing as a servant and said he was living with his boss.

Joshua Robert Mills, 19, stole thousands of dollars from his employer on two separate occasions this year and said he did it because he hadn’t been making a good wage. Mills, of Bushland Drive, Southside, had taken a sealed envelope with $2500 cash from the glove box of a work vehicle on April 24, then took $5217 on August 3.

The court heard the two sums of money were payments for jobs completed. And when Mills was confronted by his boss he admitted stealing it and returned some of the cash.

Mills said he spent the first lot of money on tyre rims, car parts and a television and the some of the second amount was used to pay for groceries and rent.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns suggested a period of probation would be appropriate considering Mills was “given a job by a small company and repaid the trust by stealing from his employer”.

He was placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to pay back the stolen money within three months. Asked if he would be able to pay $4200 in time, Mills told the court he earned more than $800 per week.

Mills also had a disqualified driving charge, committed in October 2009 in Maryborough, dealt with at the same time. He was caught driving 15 days after he was disqualified for a dangerous driving charge on October 15 in Gympie. Mills lost his licence for another two years and was placed on a second period of probation for 12 months.

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