Woman stole to pay for gift list

A SUPERMARKET customer service clerk stole more than $2000 from her employer to pay for Christmas presents over the festive period.

Between December 19 and January 18 Alicia Marie Greer pocketed the $2132.36 while working at Woolworths in Goodna.

The thefts went undetected until her colleagues approached her about missing money five days after the last offence. They were reported to police on February 6 and Greer confessed seven days later at Goodna police station.

The Ipswich Magistrates Court heard yesterday that the then 19-year-old had considered paying the money back, but wasn't sure how to raise the thefts with her employer of three years.

She pleaded guilty to one charge of stealing as a clerk or servant.

Her solicitor, Yassar Kahn, said Greer had no real reason so steal the money and had repaid $271 of the stolen amount.

"It was around Christmas time and she was not getting many hours and she wanted to buy presents," he told the court.

He asked Magistrate Virginia Sturgess to spare Greer from a conviction.

However, Magistrate Sturgess said future employers were entitled to know of Greer's dishonest acts.

"It's a serious offence to breach the trust of an employer. The employer has to trust you will deal honestly with the money in your control," she said.

Greer was convicted and ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and repay the stolen money.



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