$3000 breach of trust

Whitsunday Times - - CYCLONE DYLAN - THE AFTERMATH -

A MIDGE Point man who took jew­ellery to Cash Con­vert­ers without the owner’s per­mis­sion ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day charged with steal­ing and fraud.

In 2012, Bruce John Ger­hard and his then part­ner al­legedly dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of melt­ing some of her jew­ellery down into gold.

In July that year, Ger­hard was given 15 pieces of jew­ellery to take to a jew­eller in Bowen for an ap­praisal.

The court heard that in­stead, he took the jew­ellery to the Mackay Cash Con­vert­ers where it was ex­changed for a $1900 three-month loan.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells the re­la­tion­ship ended and in March 2013 the vic­tim be­came aware of what had hap­pened.

She at­tended the Cash Con­vert­ers store only to be told her jew­ellery had been sent to Ma­roochy­dore to sell.

On Jan­uary 1, 2014, Whit­sun­day de­tec­tives caught up with Ger­hard who told them he needed the loan to pay some bills and had been try­ing to bor­row money from an em­ployer to buy the jew­ellery back.

Ms Cas­sells said of the 15 items, nine had been sold.

While the owner of the jew­ellery did not ask for resti­tu­tion, a $1900 claim for Cash Con­vert­ers was sought.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said this was not just about the money but about the per­sonal value of the items and what he de­scribed as an “ab­hor­rent breach of trust”.

Ger­hard was or­dered to pay the $1900 resti­tu­tion, on top of an $1100 fine.

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