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Goodna bottle shop worker takes $2300 from register

A FORMER Goodna bottle shop employee was caught with his hand in the till, stealing more than $2300 from the register.

Broden Scott Nash pleaded guilty to one count of stealing by clerk when he appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court this week.

The 19-year-old had been taking money from customers, cancelling the transactions and then pocketing the cash.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Donnelly said the false transactions had occurred between February and May.

He said owners of the store had taken an inventory of their stock and realised things weren't adding up.

Aware that a large amount of money was missing, the owners conducted their own inquiries, which included a full review of CCTV footage.

Sgt Donnelly said the surveillance had shown Nash "acting strangely" behind the register.

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On several occasions he would conceal himself out of the view of camera while handling money.

They reported their findings to police.

Nash was taken to Goodna Police Station where he admitted to stealing various amounts of money via fraudulent transactions over several months.

The total amount stolen was $2383.90.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Nash had no excuse for his actions and committed the crime after he saw someone else do it.

He said his client was willing to pay back the stolen money.

Magistrate Donna McCallum said it was disappointing Nash hadn't already started paying the bottle store owners back.

"These people have been out of that money during this period of time," she said.

Nash was fined $900 and ordered to pay restitution in the sum of $2383.90.

No conviction was recorded.

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