REMORSEFUL: Joshua Steven Straub stole $5200 from his employer.
REMORSEFUL: Joshua Steven Straub stole $5200 from his employer. contributed

Bundy bank teller put cash from safe down his pants

A YOUNG bank worker who stole $5200 while employed by ANZ Bundaberg has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

Joshua Steven Straub plead guilty to one charge of stealing by clerk at the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland said on December 24, 2018, Straub balanced the cash records to find his till was $5000 over.

"The defendant then went to the safe, and at 2.27pm, CCTV footage shows the defendant appearing to place something down his pants," Sen Const Bland said.

"At 2.36pm the defendant has adjusted to $50 notes down by $5000."

An internal investigation was conducted by ANZ and the defendant was suspected of the theft.

On January 22, 2019, an integrity test was conducted.

The court heard a member of the investigations team, Mr Simpson, entered the bank with $4800 intending to deposit the money into an account, but had only made the deposit slip out for $4600.

Straub put the extra $200 in his pocket.

Shortly after Straub was called to an interview with the investigations team where he produced the $200 he had pocketed and confessed to taking the $5000 prior.

While the defendant had no criminal history Sen Const Bland stressed her position on the importance of recording a conviction, stating employers had the right to know if a prospective employee had a history of dishonesty.

Defence Barrister Nathan Boyd said his 20-year-old client, who was 19 at the time of the offences, had made full admissions and was going through personal struggles at the time.

Mr Boyd said there was no planning in the theft and the offending was merely opportunistic.

"He is aware this was profoundly stupid - taking money from a bank is always going to be found," Mr Boyd said.

"The offending is out of character... he had a very good upbringing and completed Year 12 at Shalom College.

"In particular he excelled at Aussie Rules, was in the Brisbane Lions academy, and was well on his way to being drafted in the AFL."

Mr Boyd told the court a string of knee injuries and subsequent operations meant Straub's aspirations would never be fulfilled.

The court heard that leading up to Straub's offending, one of his closest childhood friends had committed suicide.

"That was compounded by another suicide, a teacher, about two-and-a-half weeks after the suicide of his friend," Mr Boyd said.

"That put him into a dark place... (and) as a consequence, led him down a fairly self-destructive path."

Straub became dependant on addictive behaviour such as alcohol and gambling.

"I'm not saying this excuses it in any way but it does provide an explanation," Mr Boyd said.

He said his client had since engaged in psychiatric and counselling services, had returned the money to the bank the day after being caught, and had begun the application process to join the Army.

Magistrate Ross Woodford said while the offending was serious, he was convinced Straub had taken the appropriate steps to ensure he would not re-offend.

"For a young fella you've been through quite a bit," Mr Woodford said.

"It appears to me you're a person of good character, and your age and background leads me to believe you won't go out committing further offences. It puts confidence in me.

"You'll be well structured once you join the Army and you'll go forward from there."

Straub was sentenced to nine months' probation and 50 hours' unpaid community service to be completed within 12 months. No conviction was recorded.