Service station worker jailed for theft
A Temuka woman has been sentenced to a year's imprisonment for stealing $12,765 in goods and credit from her employer.
Melanie Anne Cooper, 26, was sentenced in the Timaru District Court yesterday on 15 charges of theft by a person in a special relationship, 39 of dishonest use of a document, possession of cannabis and breach of community work. Judge Joanna Maze also ordered her to pay $12,765 reparation.
Cooper was employed from November 23 until January 13 at a Timaru service station, working between 5am and 10am, Wednesday to Sunday. She worked alone and during these shifts loaded credit from the company credit card onto accounts of her own and bought numerous gift cards.
She stole fuel and charged it to customers and took tobacco, cigarettes and phone cards, which she sold or gave away.
Judge Maze said the business owner had suffered significant losses and feared the eventual loss of the business due to the debt created by Cooper.
Other court matters
Mark Andrew Kavanaugh, 48, labourer of Timaru; assaults female - convicted and remanded on bail to October 4 for sentencing.
Daniel Michael Hogg, 21, chef of Timaru; sustained loss of traction, driving while forbidden - fined $300, disqualified from driving for six months.
Kyle Vercoe Grace, 37, labourer of Timaru; receiving stolen property (two charges) - convicted and remanded on bail to November 8 for sentencing.
Karl Andrew Hodgins, 20, unemployed of Timaru; breach of community work - convicted and remanded on bail to November 8 for sentencing.
Stefan James Vincent, 18, of Timaru; burglary (two charges) - convicted and remanded on bail to October 4 for sentencing.
Ashley Kenton, 18, unemployed of Christchurch; intentional damage - ordered to come up if called upon within six months, to pay $335.60 reparation.
David Joel Peters, 25, unemployed of Timaru; driving while disqualified - fined $200, disqualified from driving for six months.
Thomas Jacob Marsters, 24, of Ashburton; driving while forbidden - convicted and discharged.
Duane James Brooking, 44, of Temuka; driving while disqualified - fined $200, disqualified from driving for six months.
Jeaneanne Ruth Pinamonti, 36, of Temuka; possession of a class B drug (Ritalin) - fined $200.
Matthew John Chamberlain, 21, unemployment of Timaru; possession of a firearm (air rifle) in a public place - convicted and remanded on bail to October 4 for sentencing.
Andrew Brent Robinson, 22, of Timaru; receiving stolen property, driving while suspended - disqualified from driving for six months, to pay $335 reparation, ordered to come up if called upon within six months.
Sean Kieran Jason Connolly, 25, unemployed of Waimate; indecent act on a young person aged under 16, EBA 625mcg - six months' home detention, fined $500, disqualified from driving for six months.
John Alexander William Hughes, 21, unemployed of Waimate; breach of intensive supervision (two charges) - six weeks' home detention.
Grant John Symes, 26, of Geraldine; driving while disqualified (two charges), dangerous driving, theft, failing to stop (two charges), breach of release conditions - four months' community detention, 120 hours' community work, to pay $100 reparation, disqualified for two years.
Anne-Louise Boleyn, 60, of Geraldine; EBA 1077mcg - disqualified from driving for six months, 12 months' supervision.
Richard Campbell Nell, 22, dairy farmer of Valetta; EBA 489mcg - fined $350, disqualified from driving for six months.
Amini Leon Vakalala, 26, of Timaru; EBA 627mcg - fined $500, disqualified for six months.
Jane Hulme, 50, of Timaru; EBA 304mg - nine months' supervision, disqualified for nine months.
The Timaru Herald