Volunteer for Sallies was a thief

Last updated 12:58 01/07/2014

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A volunteer who worked in a Nelson Salvation Army store has been sentenced to 50 hours' community work for stealing CDs worth $12.

Veronica Rapana admitted in Nelson District Court yesterday a charge of shoplifting goods earlier this month.

Prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Eden said Rapana, a beneficiary, had been working as a volunteer for the Salvation Army. On June 5 she was out the back of the store when she selected three boxes which contained CDs. She opened the cases one by one, removed the CDs and put the cases back.

Defence lawyer Brett Daniel-Smith said Rapana was remorseful for what she had done. She had $295 in outstanding fines on other matters.

Judge Paul Whitehead said that while her prior record ran over five pages long, she had not had any dishonesty offences since 1987.

He convicted and sentenced her to community work, cumulative on existing community work, and ordered her to pay $12 reparation.

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- The Nelson Mail

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