Al­leged thief de­nied bail

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

A worker at a Bun­bury fuel sta­tion was left “dis­tressed” af­ter be­ing forced to activate a duress alarm when a man al­legedly walked be­hind the counter and stole money on Mon­day.

Po­lice al­lege Paul Ross Rogers, 36, of no fixed ad­dress, walked into the Shell Coles Ex­press ser­vice sta­tion on For­rest Av­enue about 4.20pm.

Mr Rogers al­legedly walked be­hind the counter and opened a locked box be­fore leav­ing the sta­tion with $300.

Po­lice re­sponded to the alarm and ar­rested Mr Rogers a short time later.

Mr Rogers appeared in Bun­bury Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day and begged to be re­leased on bail.

But po­lice prose­cu­tor Sgt Karl Rep re­sponded that Mr Rogers was al­ready on bail for a num­ber of of­fences and his crim­i­nal his­tory was “com­pre­hen­sive”.

Sgt Rep said Mr Rogers’ lat­est al­leged crimes were an “es­ca­la­tion” of his of­fend­ing and if bail was granted, he would re-of­fend.

He said Mon­day’s in­ci­dent in­volved peo­ple be­ing threat­ened and that Mr Rogers’ “men­ac­ing” be­hav­iour had left a worker dis­tressed.

He also said Mr Rogers’ bail ad­dress was his mother’s home where he was not wel­come.

Mr Rogers yelled out in court say­ing that was “not true at all”.

Sgt Rep said Mr Rogers was fac­ing seven con­di­tional re­lease or­der breaches and steal­ing, fraud and threats to in­jure charges over sep­a­rate in­ci­dents.

Mr Rogers is fac­ing one count each of bur­glary and com­mit and steal­ing by open­ing a locked box.

Mag­is­trate Evan Shack­le­ton re­fused bail due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the al­le­ga­tions. The mat­ter was re­manded to to­day.

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