Council worker loses job after stealing

FORGETTING to return a Makita drill to the Gladstone Regional Council cost John Tippet $500 and his job.

Tippet claims he borrowed the drill on a Friday afternoon from his employer and intended to bring it back Monday, but forgot.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Merrilyn Hoskins said Tippet stole the drill that was engraved with Gladstone Regional Council on the base.

She said he later sold it for $120 to Speedi Cash Gladstone, which rang the council when staff noticed the engraving.

Tippet pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing. He told the court "it was an honest mistake".

Magistrate Penelope Hay ordered he pay a $500 fine and repay the $120 to Speedi Cash.



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