A MAN who felt wronged by his former employer broke into the business and stole from the company in an act of revenge.
Daniel Joseph Juranic, 21, had a falling out with one of the supervisors at Global Traffic Management.
As a result, he stopped receiving shifts, but felt he was owed something.
The 21-year-old drove his car to the Sanyo Drive business about 10pm on May 19, and left it nearby.
He knew the rear door was always unlocked and helped himself in along with another unknown intruder.
Juranic searched through an office and removed three fuel cards and a computer hard drive, along with a list of pin numbers.
He was captured on a security camera from a nearby business on Noel Street.
After spending about 15 minutes inside, the pair left and travelled across the border into Albury.
The 21-year-old went to an ATM on Dean Street and withdrew $320 in cash.
They travelled back to Wodonga and he tried to use a card at an ANZ machine, but entered the wrong pin number three times.
Police raided his Hodson Drive home four days later and found the stolen cards along with other items.
He made some admissions to his offending and told officers the business owed him money for petrol.
He had only been a casual worker for the traffic company and had worked there for about a year before losing shifts.
Magistrate Fran Medina said it had been a “significant breach of trust with the employer relationship”.
She said it was unclear what had caused Juranic to leap from a stable, supportive upbringing with no prior criminal history into serious offending.
“It’s a significant concern to me that in the context of feeling aggrieved by your employer … that you've really taken matters into your own hands and offended unlawfully,” the magistrate said.
“I don't understand the quantum leap to offending.”
The court heard Juranic had been seeking help for depression, but Ms Medina noted he hadn’t done so before he was caught.
His parents supported him in court.
Ms Medina said she was hopeful she wouldn’t see the 21-year-old again.
“I’m quite confident, and I’m hoping that you’ll prove me right, that with the appropriate supports in place … that we won’t see you again before the court,” she said.
She placed Juranic on an adjourned undertaking and ordered he be of good behaviour.
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