A man who stole more than $15,000 worth of electronics goods from his former employer faces a nine-month conditional sentence and must pay restitution.
Joshua Scott, 33, pleaded guilty in provincial court on Thursday to theft in excess of $5,000 and possession of stolen property for crimes committed over a six- to eight-month period in 2011.
Scott worked at the Kamloops warehouse of Purolator, a courier service, where he stole game consoles, video games, a TV and a laptop computer.
RCMP were alerted to the ongoing thefts by a Purolator loss prevention officer. The electronics were destined for EB Games in Kamloops and other retail outlets in the southern Interior. They were electronically scanned in Toronto but not when they were unloaded in Kamloops, the officer reported.
Surveillance cameras were installed in the warehouse. Scott was observed removing goods from trucks but instead of placing them in bins, he put them at his feet. He then moved out of the camera's range.
After more cameras were installed, Scott could be seen returning the items to a pallet unscanned. RCMP arrested him as he was leaving the warehouse with a laptop computer.
Scott confessed to police. A search of his residence turned up some of the stolen items, which were returned. As the theft-prevention officer first suspected, many were sold online on Craigslist and Kijiji.
Defence counsel Chris Thompson told the court that Scott has a "fragile personality" but that he fully co-operated with police and takes full responsibility. At the time of the offences, he'd recently lost his mother, with whom he was very close, and a common-law partner had left him. He had no prior record and has found new employment in Fort McMurray, Thompson noted.
When asked by the judge what he had to say for himself, Scott couldn't find words.
"That's eight months," said Judge Stella Frame. "Eight months of stealing from your employer's customers. That's the aggravating factor."
Frame said the joint submission from Crown and defence counsels, recommending a nine-month conditional sentence order, was curious considering the value of the thefts. However, she agreed to sentencing terms including a curfew. Scott must apologize in writing to Purolator and pay full restitution to the company.
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