Man stole from employer in first day on job

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A MAN with 11 outstanding arrest warrants from other states has been jailed for stealing as a servant offences in WA.

Shannon Kane appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court via video link from Hakea Prison after pleading guilty to six stealing as a servant charges and two of impersonating a police officer.

Kane was employed as a manager at Water Master Port Kennedy for just two weeks before he was caught.

His offending began on his first day of employment where he stole numerous items and cash.

The pattern of dishonesty and theft continued and he used different methods in an attempt to cover his tracks.

It included not recording cash sales and not filling out invoices for sales.

He also took cash directly from the till.

The prosecutor said Caine had an extensive record dating back 20 years littered with similar offending.

“He has 11 outstanding arrest warrants in other states,” she said.

The thefts were captured on CCTV.

Kane ordered parts through the business for his own use but never paid for them.

The thefts totalled about $3500.

In an effort to cover his tracks, Kane pretended to be a police officer from Cannington Police when he spoke to two different Auto Masters stores.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said impersonating the police aggravated the thefts.

“Between December 2 and 5 you implied you were from Cannington Police,” she said.

“That took it (the offending) to a new level.

“Impersonating a police officer attracts prison.”

She said she would not consider his previous record in sentencing.

“I give no weight to your prior offending but what it does say is you have been dealt with many times for this offending and yet you are still going,” she said.

“Sentencing needs to reflect specific but also general deterrence.

“When you are in a position of trust with an employer they put their trust in you.

“Immediate prison is the only option.”

He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and will be eligible for parole.

The sentence was backdated to May 23 when he was first remanded in custody.

He was ordered to repay the cost of the money and goods he stole.