Caught out taking from charity staff



A WOMAN caught stealing money from charity workers was supposed to be completing her court-ordered community service, a Bundaberg court was told.

Instead, she was found dipping in to her supervisors' handbags to take cash from under their noses.

Deanna-Lea Absolom, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing for taking money from the purses of two workers at a local charity store on June 20.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told Absolom had been caught standing next to a cupboard where staff bags were stored with $50 notes in her hands.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Barry Stevens said a witness saw Absolom try to hide the notes and then leave the store.

The court was told the two staff members checked their bags immediately after Absolom was seen with the money. A total of $100 was missing from their wallets and items moved within the bags.

Snr Const Stevens told the court when Absolom returned to the charity store, she denied taking the money from the bags and said she had no cash on her.

Absolom's defence lawyer Alexis Oxley said her client was suffering from depression, but did complete all of the required court-ordered community service.

Miss Oxley said Absolom was willing to pay restitution for the stolen money.

Acting Magistrate Neil Lavering ordered Absolom to complete 12 months' probation, including counselling and psychiatric treatment.

He also ordered she pay $100 restitution.



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