A MAN who helped himself to a work colleague’s wallet has been given a community service order for one year.
Hayden Glen Hero Myles pleaded guilty to seven counts of gaining benefit by fraud and one count of stealing when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court yesterday.
Myles had been working in the Bunbury area at the time with a colleague doing deliveries.
After finding the man’s wallet in the work car he decided to keep it.
A month later he was captured on CCTV using the victim’s credit card.
He made purchases from various Rockingham businesses including Bunnings, Hungry Jacks, Ispa Kebabs and JB Hi Fi.
Magistrate Leanne Atkins asked for an explanation into the theft and fraud.
Myles said it was a mistake.
“He was just a work colleague – it was a stupid mistake,” he said.
Magistrate Leanne Atkins interjected.
“It wasn’t a stupid mistake, it was taking a colleagues wallet and using his card seven times; it was dishonest,” she said.
“And you are 21 – that is not stupid, that is dishonest.
“I think it is despicable.”
Myles said he was extremely embarrassed by his offending.
He blamed it on having difficulty finding work at the time and the purchases were mainly for food and to support his partner.
Magistrate Atkins sentenced him to a one year community-based order.