Wallet thief pleads guilty

A MAN who stole a wallet from a patron at a Bargara pub faced Bundaberg District Court yesterday.

Simon Craig Oleinkoff, 38, pleaded guilty to one charge of stealing.

The court heard on October 28, 2009, Oleinkoff was drinking at a venue in Bargara.

He was in the gaming room with another man who accidentally left his wallet near the pokie machine he had been playing when he walked away.

Oleinkoff took the wallet and its contents and when the man came back to retrieve it, the defendant denied he had taken it.

When police were called, Oleinkoff stuffed the wallet behind a machine and left.

The court heard Oleinkoff had criminal history in Queensland and South Australia.

The defence said the offence was “impulsive and alcohol-fuelled”.

Judge Keith Dodds ordered Oleinkoff to complete 60 hours of unpaid community service.

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