Thief did it for the dough - counsel
A WOMAN who stole thousands from a Pinjarra bakery was lucky to escape a serious sentence in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday.
Kathy Lee Courcha faced punishment for 38 charges of stealing as a servant after pleading guilty in August.
The court heard Courcha was employed on March 16, 2016 at Miami Bakehouse and was responsible for the day-today running of the business, including counting the tills.
While counting the till, Courcha would put notes into a calico bag and hide it on a shelf. She would hide the bag on her person and sneak it out of the bakery.
The stealing incidents took place every few days from December 7 last year to February 17 this year.
Counsel for the accused said Courcha was in the grips of a methamphetamine addiction at the time.
She had been using for six to seven years and was supporting her unemployed husband’s habit as well.
Courcha has since moved to Donnybrook to escape negative influences and has continued to work in retail.
Of the $4500 stolen, Courcha has paid back about $2000.
Magistrate Anne Longden said the theft had a real impact on Miami Bakehouse.
“The circumstance of your offending arose through your use of methamphetamine,” she said. “Your use of that drug led to you doing things you would never have dreamt of.”
Magistrate Longden said most people would think this type of offending should lead to a term of imprisonment.
But because Courcha had made an effort to pay the money back, she placed her on a 12-month intensive supervision order, with program requirements.
Courcha was also ordered to complete 80 hours community work, repay $2500 to Miami Bakehouse and pay $100 in costs.
Courcha was reminded not to offend while on the order or face resentencing.