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ATM technician accused of theft says machine's seals broken

Kerri Moore

A ROCKHAMPTON ATM technician accused of stealing more than $18,000 on the job claims the seals on the machine's cash cassettes were broken when he opened the safe, a court has heard.

Speros Michael Vassilakos, 45, has pleaded not guilty to the theft, which allegedly occurred on October 11, 2008.

He faces trial in the Rockhampton District Court this week.

Yesterday, the head of an Armaguard investigation into the missing money took to the witness stand.

He told the court electronic records revealed the safe was opened twice on this day by Vassilakos, the manager of a local security firm at the time.

He said the first access was unauthorised as the job only required the defendant to de-activate an alarm.

The second access, about an hour later, was authorised to fix a cash handler problem.

The court heard when Vassilakos opened the safe the second time he found a large number of $50 notes scattered throughout the compartment and the seals to the cash cassettes broken.

Photographs of this were sent to the defendant's contractor, which were then sent to Armaguard.

The court heard the scattered notes were placed in an envelope by the defendant and left in the machine.

The Armaguard witness said the original seals were never retrieved.

The trial continues today.

Topics:  district court theft



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