Thief left victim to pick up the pizzas
A “SILLY” crime has left a man $700 poorer after he pinched someone’s wallet at a fast food restaurant.
Calen Brodegan McGinniss, 21, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Thursday after he stole the property last year.
The court heard on November 28 the victim left their wallet on the counter of Pizza Hut after buying their dinner.
After realising they’d lost their wallet, the victim rang the store.
The store manager reviewed the CCTV footage from the store, which showed McGinniss using his shirt to take the wallet from the counter.
On December 2, police interviewed McGinniss who told them he picked the wallet up in Pizza Hut, but asked around the store to see if anyone had dropped it.
He then said he took it across the road to McDonald’s to hand it in, before later admitting to police he had intended to steal it.
Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court McGinniss had no criminal history.
Magistrate Cameron Press labelled the crime “opportunistic and silly”, fined McGinniss $550 and ordered he pay $150 restitution for the wallet’s contents. No convictions were recorded.
Magistrate Cameron Press labelled the crime “opportunistic and silly”