Debt drives teen to steal at work
A TEENAGER who owed $2000 to a violent drug dealer turned to stealing from his employer to clear his debt.
The 17-year-old appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on November 21 and pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing as a clerk or servant.
While working for a local Subway restaurant, the boy on three occasions over August and September this year went to the till and took $200 in cash and pocketed it.
Each time his actions were captured on the store's CCTV footage.
Defence solicitor Danny Yarrow said the boy owed the $2000 to someone who had assaulted and threatened him.
Mr Yarrow said the teen had been on his own since he was just 14 years old and had developed an addiction to drugs.
He said the boy realised he had "stuffed up" and had since got himself off drugs.
Magistrate Tom Bradshaw sentenced him to nine months probation and ordered that he pay $600 restitution but did not record a conviction.