Thief struck as driver left his bus to pay for fuel

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Court Re­porter [email protected]­i­

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.

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