Clean record ruined by stealing

A MAN who tainted his clean record by stealing $4500 worth of equipment from his employer faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Dale Wesley Turner, 44, of Bundaberg pleaded guilty to one charge of stealing for an offence committed while he was the logistics manager of a Bundaberg roofing business.

The court heard the company became suspicious of employees stealing materials and conducted an internal investigation, which found Turner had taken about $4500 worth property.

Police were notified and conducted a search at the defendant's home, where they found the goods.

Turner claimed the equipment was a mix of items left over from jobs, given by clients or purchased by him.

Turner's defence lawyer told the court his client acknowledged he had “overstepped the mark as an employee”.

The court heard the majority of the property was seconds.

The defence pointed out Turner had no criminal history and he had now moved on to a job as a retail assistant at a tile business.

Turner's new employer provided a character reference to the court.

A letter from the defendant's doctor was also tendered which said Turner had found the experience of being charged very stressful.

The magistrate ordered Turner complete 160 hours of community service and did not record a conviction.

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