A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his employer pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Robert Browne, who was employed to Alfonso Car Rental and Garage in Fish Bay, was granted $30,000 bail pending his sentencing on February 21 next year.
The prosecution reported that the complainant, Martin Alfonso, had a gallon water bottle which he used as a container to store coins.
He saved between $5,000 and $6,000 and kept it in a secured storeroom at his business-place.
Reports are that, some time between May 1 and June 25 this year, Browne stole the coins.
The court heard that Alfonso visited the storeroom on June 25 and realized that the saving container was slashed and the coins removed.
Alfonso called the police after all his employees denied knowledge of the theft.
It is reported that Browne was eventually identified as the culprit.
He reportedly claimed that he found the container cut and so he ‘touched’ it to take a closer look.
The court heard that police searched his residence and discovered a quantity of coins and coin wrappers.
He then reportedly admitted to the law enforcement officers that he hid some of the coins at a friend’s house.
Police then visited the friend’s residence and found more coins and wrappers.
The said friend claimed that he had no knowledge the coins were stolen.
Browne reportedly told police that he stole the money because he was having financial difficulties.
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