Liquor thief punished with community service

POSTED: 09/20/12 12:43 PM

GREAT BAY – An employee who stole $8,500 worth of booze from International Liquor and Tobacco on May 21 to sell it to the owner of the Plaza China supermarket not only lost his job, he also netted a 3-month conditional prison sentence with 2 years of probation and the obligation to perform 120 hours of community service.

Basil Germaine Wong, 26, had offered supermarket owner Mo a pallet with $87,500 worth of alcoholic beverages for just $5,000. Mo could not resist the deal, but the company had little trouble finding its stolen goods back. The tracking system on the truck indicated that it had stopped at a warehouse belonging to Mo on May 21. The supermarket owner lost his money but the goods he bought with it were returned to their legitimate owner.

Wong denied at the trial on August 29 that he had supplied Mo with the liquor, but the supermarket owner gave investigators an accurate description of the defendant when he was asked to identify him.

“The defendant is guilty of stealing the cargo of a truck and this cargo belongs to the defendant’s employer,” Judge Tamara Tijhuis ruled. “The defendant has not only cause his employer financial harm but he has also violated the trust employers ought to be able to have in their employees.”

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