Store worker got suite for free

SURROUNDED by new furniture all day at work, Adam Felix couldn’t help surrounding himself with the same quality at home.

So he stole a television cabinet, bedroom suite, queen-size bed, bedside tables, a mirror and a television – all from his employer.

The 18-year-old took the items, valued at $5675 (cost price), during the time he was employed at Rockhampton’s Harvey Norman to set himself up in a new home.

But someone became suspicious and sent police knocking on October 14.

What officers found ended his employment as a storeman immediately.

Yesterday Felix pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to stealing as a servant.

Duty lawyer Zoe Craven said Felix was unable to offer an explanation for his actions.

“He has never done anything like that before,” she said.

“He is very remorseful and says he has now moved home (with his parents).”

Felix’s mother supported him in court yesterday.

Ms Craven said Felix was in the process of trying to find a new job and has hopes of starting an apprenticeship.

The court heard Felix had co-operated with police when they arrived at his home.

As the items were not damaged, Harvey Norman showed compassion and did not charge him for the property.

The company simply charged him $157 for a removalist to pick up and return the stolen items.

Felix had been employed since May 2.

A magistrate sentenced him to 12 months probation, with no conviction recorded.

He has never done anything like that before. He is very remorseful and says he has

now moved home.



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