Thief 'lost' stolen $3300 in taxi

Last updated 09:00 19/04/2014

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A Palmerston North man says he managed to lose $3300 of stolen money in a taxi.

Bradley James Belling, 28, also tried to use a blank cheque of his father's to get $2000, but when discovered claimed he was trying to figure out how cheques worked.

In the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday, Judge Gerard Lynch rejected both stories at Belling's sentencing on two charges of using a false document.

On December 13, Belling was staying at his father's house while trying to sort out drug issues.

A cheque for $3300 turned up in the post for his father.

Belling stole and made changes to the cheque, and deposited the money into his account.

He also stole a blank cheque from his father's chequebook that month and used it to try to steal $2000, but was unsuccessful.

He told police he had withdrawn the $3300 in cash but managed to lose it during a taxi ride. He said he had used the blank cheque to try to see how cheques worked.

The judge said he did not believe the taxi story, and that the blank cheque story was "lame" due to his four previous dishonesty offences.

"Is it time to send you to jail? Not quite."

Belling was sentenced to 175 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to pay $3300 reparation to his father.

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- Manawatu Standard

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