Broke Bilo man took fuel from work

JUSTIN Kevin Blanch helped customers at the Biloela BP reliance depot but he also helped himself to over $400 in fuel.

Blanch, 20, pleaded guilty to five counts of stealing as a servant in Biloela Magistrates Court on Monday.

Police prosecutor acting Senior Constable Troy Daubras said management at the depot had contacted police after finding discrepancies in the diesel sales figures and the amount of fuel.

Police started an investigation which led to them catching out Blanch stealing diesel on four occasions in August and September.

The first time Blanch went to the depot after hours and put 30 litres into his land cruiser.

On three other occasions he nicked over 100 litres of diesel totalling $468.

Blanch also stole $50 in cash, stating he was broke.

His solicitor, Rick Parkes, said his client had intended paying for the fuel and the stolen money, but he had been desperate and broke.

Mr Parkes said that Blanch had written a letter of apology to his former employers at the depot and already paid the $468 restitution.

With no previous offences, Magistrate Tom Bradshaw ordered no conviction and a $500 fine.


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