Stolen cash paid for groceries

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 26 April 2013 | 19.55

A MAN who held up a KFC outlet by pretending he had a gun in his pocket used the money he stole to buy bread and milk on the way home, the Supreme Court in Hobart has heard.

Glenn Sturley Meyer, 39, of Claremont, today pleaded guilty to the incident at the Claremont store on November 3 last year.

Prosecutor Heather Mannering told the court Meyer confronted a 14-year-old shop assistant with his fingers in his jacket pocket.

"Come here, I have a gun in my pocket, give me all the money," he said.

The youth fetched a manager as Meyer continued to insist he had a gun and that he was "not mucking around".

Eventually the cash register was opened and Meyer took $150.

"Is that all you've got, there must be more?" he said before fleeing.

A young boy entered the store during the robbery, the court heard.

On his way home Meyer bought groceries with his ill-gotten gains.

Police put CCTV footage of the crime on their website and he was reported by staff at Anglicare who recognised him and by staff at Claremont RSL where he was a regular, the court heard.

When arrested, Meyer told police he stole the money to pay for school lunches for his step daughter, bus fares, medicine and cigarettes.

Defence lawyer Claire White said her client was unemployed and in debt and his decision to hold up the store was made on the spur of the moment.

She said he was extremely sorry for the fear he had caused to the KFC staff and had written a letter of apology to them.

Meyer was entering treatment on Monday for his alcohol abuse, she said.

Justice Stephen Estcourt said the "impetuous, unplanned and amateurish" robbery had caused Meyer great shame and remorse.

He handed down a seven-month jail sentence, but suspended it on the condition Meyer be of good behaviour for two years.

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