A STORE attendant who used the price check function on a cash register to steal alcohol and cash from his Warrnambool employer has been fined $750.
Sean Joseph Ranieri, 26, of Koroit Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to six counts of theft. As well as being fined he was ordered to pay compensation.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said that for goods valued at just $130 Ranieri had lost his job and placed himself in a difficult financial position.
The magistrate said that because Ranieri had not appeared in court before the defendant would be given one chance to avoid a conviction.
Police alleged that Ranieri was employed at BWS in Gateway Road, Warrnambool.
Over six days in mid-June Ranieri entered price checks for alcohol or took cash from the register after doing price checks. The total amount of the deception was $135.64.
On June 21 a Woolworths investigator interviewed Ranieri and he was dismissed from his job.
Defence counsel Katherine Minett said her client had worked for the store for four years and during the time of the offending he was suffering depression, anxiety, hair loss and alcohol had become a significant problem.