Thief left vic­tim to pick up the piz­zas

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS ON THE RECORD - Chloe Lyons Chloe.Lyons@cap­

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”

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