A MAN who went on a spree of fuel drive-offs received a hefty fine in Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 15.
Glenn Nicholas Timpone pleaded guilty to 13 charges of stealing. He was fined $1300 and must also pay $860 in restitution.
The prosecutor said the 34-year-old Huntingdale man had stolen from some of the service stations more than once.
They were in Canning Vale, Livingstone, Parmelia, Kwinana, Rockingham, Casuarina, Huntingdale, Southern River, Waikiki, Langford, Maddington and Beeliar.
The prosecutor said the same Holden vehicle with registration plates 1DFS 797 was used in each instance.
“On one occasion he has walked into the shop and when he got to the counter he has told staff he has forgotten his wallet,” he said.
He said on another occasion Timpone had gone into the shop and taken drinks to the counter, then felt his pockets and told staff he had forgotten his wallet.
One service station made him fill in a form with his details before letting him go to get his wallet, but he never returned.
“It was a similar excuse at most of the service stations – that he had forgotten his wallet,” the prosecutor said.
Representing himself, Timpone said he had lost his job.
“I just ran out of money and was just doing what I was doing to survive,” he said. “I was living in my car at the time.”
He also said he had a drug problem at the time.
Magistrate Susan Richardson said apart from some traffic matters the thefts were ‘largely’ out of character. The prosecutor said sentencing would be difficult.
“As your honour knows in these matters, sentencing is limited – your options are extremely limited,” he said.
“Fuel drive-offs are costing small establishments quite a bit of money.”