Thief struck as driver left his bus to pay for fuel
An Intercity bus driver was robbed of more than $800 worth of possessions while refuelling his vehicle at a Whanganui petrol station.
The driver was shocked to find his backpack missing when he reentered his bus, having topped up at BP 2go in Taupo Quay.
The timing was all too convenient for Mathew Llewellyn-Thomas, who entered the bus after observing the driver going inside to make his payment.
Llewellyn-Thomas grabbed the bag containing the driver’s keys, cellphone, prescription glasses and logbook on September 29.
Six days later, Whanganui police officers were knocking on his door.
Llewellyn-Thomas pleaded guilty to theft ex-car through duty solicitor Ollie Crosse, who said that the defendant acknowledged that what he did was wrong.
“He’s accepted responsibility for this. I’m instructed he was homeless and cold at the time,” Crosse said.
“I’m also instructed that he wasn’t on medication for his ADHD.”
Judge Dugald Matheson sentenced Llewellyn-Thomas to two months’ imprisonment.
“Tranzit’s out of pocket to the extent of $515. [The victim] is out of pocket to the extent of $310.12 and AMI’s out of pocket to the extent of $924.46,” the judge said.
“They should not be out of pocket.” He ordered Llewellyn-Thomas to pay all of the sums in reparation.