Chef to serve 12 months in jail for stealing $1,100

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AN INDONESIAN chef is serving a 12 month jail sentence after he admitted to stealing $1,100 from a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branch in Beribi.

Ali Sahara admitted on Saturday that on October 5, while working as a chef at Millennium Restaurant — located next door to the cafe — he decided to hack into a safety deposit box containing the cash.

The presiding magistrate yesterday said that Ali’s action was premeditated and carefully planned and not out of impulse. The aggravating factor which the court noted was that Ali took advantage of his access to the café and the fact that his contract was ending when he decided to commit the offence.

“The defendant could have permanently deprived the owner of the property had he not been caught,” said the court.

The court document stated that after deciding that he was going to steal from the café, Ali hid in the restroom shared by the restaurant and the café and waited for all staff to leave and the restaurants closed.

Once they had left, Ali covered his shoes and hands in plastic, and covered his face with an apron, to avoid being identified on CCTV.

He then took the safety deposit box from under the cashier at the cafe and used a screwdriver and a small axe to pry it open.

Ali took all the cash and then wrapped the metal box in a black plastic bag and disposed of it in a rubbish bin.

He then hid in the toilet again until 7am and snuck out when the cleaners arrived in the morning.

In his mitigation, the defendant, who has no previous criminal record, told the court he felt remorse for his actions, particularly since his arrest prevented him from returning home to Indonesia.

The Brunei Times