Employee bailed over PriceRite theft
A 40-year-old bargain store worker admitted stealing electronic goods from his employers after he was caught in the act on CCTV.
Franklyn Belboda, of Pembroke, admitted stealing an X-Box 360 gaming system and a PlayStation valued at $900 from PriceRite on March 8.
Crown counsel Maria Sofianos told Magistrates’ Court that Belboda worked in PriceRite’s electronic department.
The manager noticed the items were missing during an inventory check. He checked for receipts and then took a look at the CCTV footage. It had captured Belboda taking the two game units.
When questioned Belboda told the manager he would bring the stolen goods back however the manager called the police.
Officers found the goods in Belboda’s bedroom.
Duty counsel Leo Mills asked Mr Tokunbo to consider the defendant’s guilty plea and the fact that the stolen goods were recovered.
Mr Mills also said there may be some underlying issues which warrant a social inquiry report.
Mr Tokunbo agreed. He ordered the report and released Belboda on $2,000 bail, telling him to return for sentencing on May 11.
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