Man Pleads Guilty To Theft From Frustration

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Published: December 20, 2016 6:40 pm AST
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In response to a charge of theft, Robert Browne told the court that he is guilty of the offence, noting that the act was hugely influenced by frustration.

Allegedly, sometime between May 1 and June 25 of this year, Brown made away with up to $6000 worth of coins from his employer's piggy bank.

The court heard that Martin Alphonso, owner of Alphonso Enterprise Inc. in Fish Bay, where the accused was employed, had secured a five gallon water bottle which he [Alphonso] filled with coins. The bottle was kept in the store room of the store.

Following a visit to the bottle to deposit some money on June 25, Alphonso saw that his bank had been drained a hole cut into the bottle. He proceeded to question his staff, who all denied ever troubling the bottle.

Alphonso called the police and identified Browne as the culprit. Browne in response noted that he saw the bottle with a hole in it and took it up to take a closer look.

During investigation conducted by officers, a stack of coins and coin wrappers were found under his bed.

He also admitted to officers that he hid some of the money at his friend’s house, adding that he stole the money because he was facing financial difficulties.

As a result of a visit to the friend’s home, officers found more coins and wrappers. The friend allegedly told the officers that he had no clue how Browne acquired the coins.

Browne was granted bail in the sum of $30,000 signed surety, and will make another appearance on February 21st, 2017.
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