Unpaid petrol bill catches up with Warrnambool man

A PETROL theft dating back two years has caught up with a Warrnambool man.

Daniel Noel Volkmer, 30, of Jukes Street, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft from a shop in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday via a video link. He is in custody for previous offending.

Magistrate Ann McGarvie heard, via video link from Geelong Magistrates Court, that on August 21, 2011, Volkmer and a friend went to the APCO service station on Raglan Parade and put $50 worth of petrol in his car and drove off without paying. When interviewed by police Volkmer said he thought his friend, who had entered the store, had paid. Volkmer said he would return to the store and pay.

Police prosecutor, Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins, said the petrol had not been  paid for by September 2 that year.

He said Volkmer had a chequered history with eight pages of prior offences.

He said since 2005 he has appeared in court for dishonesty and later for matters involving serious levels of violence.

Ms McGarvie convicted and fined Volkmer $200 and ordered him to pay $50 compensation to the service station.

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