Suspicious employer catches worker on CCTV

Last updated 12:46 03/12/2013

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A former waitress admitted stealing more than $3000 from her employer, who installed CCTV cameras when the till was left short, the Queenstown District Court was told.

Kim Abrahams, 24, of Fernhill, appeared before Judge David Holderness on December 2 charged with theft in a special relationship on September 11-12. An intimated guilty plea was entered on her behalf pending an application for a discharge without conviction.

Sergeant Ian Collin said she worked as a waitress at Brazz in Queenstown and started stealing money in May using two methods. She identified cash-paying customers, entered "no sale" during transactions then removed cash from the till.

She also voided sales after giving change to cash-paying customers, kept a mental note of how much was voided then removed money from the till.

Last month, a manager who became suspicious installed CCTV in the bar and she was spotted removing cash from the till.

When police interviewed her she admitted the facts and told police she was on a high tax bracket and did not earn enough to meet her costs.

Reparation of $3000 was sought and she was remanded on bail to January 27 for a discharge without conviction application.

Theft

Ricky John Colson, 30, of Cromwell, was sentenced to five months' community detention with a 7pm to 7am curfew, 100 hours' community work and ordered to pay $3083 reparation for burglary and theft of scrap metal between July 26 and August 16.

Assault

Jeremy Cyril Luc Anthony Veyron, 29, French national, was fined $650 for an assault in Cow Ln on November 30. Veyron told police he regretted his actions, punching a man after exchanging words at 4am. Lawyer Tim Cadogan said Veyron tried to help a couple in the laneway and admitted throwing a punch.

Brendan Robert Reid, 30, storeman, of Fernhill, was fined $550 and ordered to pay $350 for emotional harm for an assault on October 31.

Drugs

Corey Andrew Hondelink, 38, chef, was fined $875 for possessing cannabis and a needle on November 12. Police recovered 18g of cannabis at a business, 6g at his home and a "drug kit" including spoons, needles and syringes. He told police he used the kit to inject Ritalin.

Firearm

Jonathon Garth Yeo, 20, roofer, of Arrowtown, was sentenced to six months' intensive supervision for unlawfully possessing a firearm on November 17. Yeo and partner had been drinking excessively in Arrowtown and during the argument she cut herself with scissors. Yeo then cut himself with scissors and left the house to his car, locking himself in the vehicle with a .22 rifle and 83 rounds. Sergeant Collin said Yeo did not hold a firearm licence.

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Offensive weapon

Lance Taylor Yeo, 18, of Lake Hawea, was fined $550 for possessing an offensive weapon, a wheel brace, on September 6.

Fighting

Devon Gregory Mathieson, 18, metal worker, of Cromwell, was fined $150 for fighting in Queenstown on November 29.

Breach

Taane John Pollard-Grey, 20, was sentenced to 70 hours' community work for breaching release conditions by failing to report.

Driving while disqualified

Jaden Morris Fowlds-Kotuhi, 29, was sentenced to three months' community detention with an 8.30pm to 6.30am curfew, 90 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for 12 months and a day for driving while disqualified on September 11, having been convicted at least twice previously.

Doniphan Arnaud Xavier Verstaevel, 24, of Frankton, French national, was fined $1500 and disqualified for nine months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 92mg and driving while disqualified on November 7.

Alex Carlos Pedrosa Oliveira, 25, farmer, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while disqualified on November 22.

Drink-driving

James Lachlan Law, 22, was sentenced to three months' community detention with a daily 7pm to 7am curfew, 18 months' intensive supervision with special conditions, 130 hours' community work and disqualified for 13 months, when he appeared for sentence for driving with a breath alcohol level of 767mcg on October 12, having been convicted at least twice previously. The judge also ordered Law's vehicle be confiscated.

Seija Lorel Anderson, 26, supervisor, of Skippers Canyon, 832mcg on November 16. Sentenced to 110 hours' community work, disqualified for nine months and her vehicle was confiscated for driving with a breath alcohol level of 832mcg on November 16. It was her second such offence within two years.

Adrian David Olsson, 31, of Sunshine Bay, 681mcg on November 26. Fined $675 and disqualified for six months.

Brendan Patrick Elliot, 22, bar manager, 745mcg on November 27. Fined $725 and disqualified for six months.

Connie Gardner, 22, of Fernhill, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 92mg on October 26.

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