Man stole $4000 from tavern cash registers to fuel gambling
A MAN stole thousands of dollars from his work, taverns and petrol stations to feed a gambling addiction, an Ipswich court heard.
Ipswich Magistrates Court was told Troy Matthew Bravo, 39, took $4000 from cash registers at taverns at Yamanto, Raceview and Walloon between January and September and gambled it.
His double-pronged criminal enterprise included stealing hundreds of litres of diesel fuel from petrol stations at Goodna, Karrabin and Jindalee between June and September.
The court heard Bravo would sell the fuel to make money. Bravo also fled police at Leichhardt on September 16 because he didn't want them to catch him driving while disqualified.
When questioned by police, Bravo said he had spent the money he stole on his family, which magistrate Michael Quinn said was "nonsense".
"It seems to me it was all put through the poker machines," Mr Quinn said.
Bravo pleaded guilty to stealing as a servant, four counts of stealing, disqualified driving and failing to stop for police.
He was sentenced to 15 months prison and released on immediate parole. He was also disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to pay restitution.
Defence lawyer Yassar Khan said his client had been dealing with a gambling addiction and had relapsed during the period of offending.