The manager of Alexandra Caltex has expressed the immense "physical, emotional and financial impacts" endured by them after discovering a trusted employee stole more than $7000 from the business.
In the Alexandra District Court last week, Janice Maree McArthur was sentenced for stealing $7374.16 from the business during October 30, 2010 and May 31 this year.
McArthur manipulated stock records and made fraudulent refunds to steal cash and stock from the store.
During sentencing a victim impact statement was read to the court by Jolanda Hancock on behalf of partner Matt Williams, who managed the store for Ms Hancock's parents.
Ms Hancock said Mr Williams had been "shattered" to learn McArthur, a person he trusted, managed to manipulate the store's stock system of the family-run business.
McArthur had no concern for when she would steal and on an occasion of a larger theft the family had been at a family funeral, she said.
"When our lives were away from the business, Janice was ripping it off."
Staff at the store were working extra hours to make up for the loss, she said.
"We are humbled to see her embarrassment when she crosses paths with our large family," she said.
Lawyer Justine Baird said McArthur was under significant pressure at work, working long hours, and was stressed at home when the offending occurred.
McArthur had always wanted to repay what she had taken but the offending "got out-of-hand", Ms Baird said.
Judge Stephen Coyle said there was no excuse for the offending.
It was also likely the amount stolen was "significantly more" than what was discovered, the judge said.
McArthur was sentenced to 320 hours community work and ordered to pay $7374.16 reparation.
- The Southland Times