Suspended Sentence For 60 Yr Old Liquor Thief

December 12, 2013

Appearing in Magistrates Court today [Dec 12], a 60 year old man  pleaded guilty to stealing a litre of Dewars whisky, valued at $33.85, from Miles Market in June 2013.

Gary Dillas was given a three month prison sentence, but the sentence was suspended for twelve months; and he was ordered to pay $33.85 to Miles Market today.

Crown Prosecutor Maria Sofianos told Senior Magistrate Archie Warner that shop staff had seen Dillas enter the supermarket and then leave shortly after with something apparently concealed under his jacket.

CCTV footage confirmed that Dillas had entered the store, picked up a bottle of Dewars whisky, put it under his jacket, and then exited the store. Dillas was arrested by Police on 30th October 2013.

In Court this morning, speaking in his defence, Dillas told the Senior Magistrate, “I had no job then. I’ve just got a job. Can I repay the value?”

Asked what he intended to do with the stolen liquor, Dillas denied that he had a drinking problem and told the Magistrate that he intended to sell the liquor and figured he could get $15-$16 for it; and that he intended to then use the money to help take care of his son.

Dillas told the Magistrate that, “I’ve been working as a painter.” Asked how much money he had on him right now, Dillas told the Magistrate, “I have $150.”

After reviewing Dillas’s extensive criminal record, and describing him as an “equal opportunity liquor thief”, the Magistrate handed down the suspended sentence order and made the restitution order.

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  1. VJ says:

    Come on Turkey, when are you gonna give it a break? A senior citizen and still doing a pack!!!
    LOL, you said you were going to sell the liquor for money for your son? All your children are of age, so I’m sure you’re not still paying child support!!!
    Come better than that Turkey!!!

  2. VJ says:

    *BTW “Turkey” is his nickname. I’m not being rude and calling him a turkey lol…

  3. Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

    I just see an alcohol related crime being slapped on the wrist…i don’t care who or what reason there was ….i thought STEALING was a CRIME…and you wonder why you’re not respected!
    I guess Hersheys case comes back to mind.

  4. Rear Admiral Four Two's says:

    Why would anyone try to steal from Miles???

    • Wondering Why??? says:

      Why not Miles?
      His face is known everywhere else.
      Probably thought he would try someplace new.

  5. LaVerne Furbert says:

    I am one person who was very saddened to read this story. I do hope that Mr. Dillas gets some help.