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Employee caught "in the act" with a ute full of stolen goods

A BOSS pretended to leave his place of business in order to catch a worker "in the act" after he became suspicious the employee had planned a large-scale haul from the company.

Neville John Granger, 40, was employed with Office Rite, at Carole Park, as a storeman, and tried to steal a ute-load of new furniture from his employer.

As the boss made plans to take his wife to the airport, Granger repeatedly questioned what time he'd been leaving and how long he'd be gone for.

Granger's boss became suspicious about his intentions when Granger wouldn't let up about what time the boss would be leaving to make the trip.

Ipswich Magistrates Court was told Granger asked "a number" of questions about when the boss would be away from work, so the boss pretended to leave, but after some time came back to the warehouse, on March 2.

When the boss arrived he found Granger's ute loaded to the brim with office furniture, equipment and supplies including cabinets, tables, chairs, a desk, packed in Office Rite boxes. The vehicle was parked out the front of the business on Mica St.

The boss asked Granger to drive his ute back into the warehouse, where he found his employee had tried to steal thousands of dollars worth of stock.

As the boss questioned Granger about the goods, he claimed the boxes were empty. But upon inspection, the boss discovered they were filled with new furniture.

Granger originally told police the merchandise had been damaged and were not fit for sale.

Granger pleaded guilty to stealing as a clerk or servant, and was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said the crimes were "blatant, amateurish and deceptive" and said most offenders who stole from their boss ended up in jail.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court stealing



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