A FORMER employee of the Withcott Hotel used his position to steal money, cigarettes and alcohol, Gatton Magistrates Court heard.
Murphy's Creek man Glen William Doran, 53, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing as a servant between January and April in 2014.
The court heard Doran was hired as bar staff in December 2012 and retail manager from January 2013.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Bugden told the court Doran held a position of trust and had control of stock and cash receipted through all bottle shops.
In March 2014, Withcott Hotel owner Neil Simpson became suspicious of Doran and a search was conducted of till records on March 28 indicating a number of cancelled transactions and 'no sale' activations.
Simpson examined CCTV of the hotel's bottle shop and observed various occasions where Doran had taken cash straight from the till and sold liquor, before taking the proceeds for himself.
On March 10 Simpson put the allegations to Doran who said he had a gambling problem and had stolen spirits and cash from Simpson since January - Doran was dismissed from the business.
A formal complaint was made to police who formally interviewed Doran on May 8.
The court heard Doran admitted to CCTV evidence and admissions made to Simpson, although the admission he had a gambling problem was 'a joke' and instead he had stolen the money to keep up appearances of having 'a beer with the boss', although Simpson was away at the time.
During the interview Doran said he had taken 10 packets of cigarettes, valued at $22 each and four bottles of spirits, totalling about $500 over a six-week period.
He also stated he had taken cash because his bank debit card had not been operating correctly.
Doran admitted to stealing $744 and said he had not taken more; however CCTV is only kept for the previous seven days, which he acknowledged.
He told Magistrate Graham Lee he had worked in the hospitality industry for 27 years and had only one prior incident involving stealing as a servant in 2004, for which he received a good behaviour bond.
Doran will pay $744 restitution and was sentenced to 18 months' probation.
The conviction was recorded.
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