An Albury Bunnings worker told police that financial support for her terminally ill grandfather led to her ripping-off the company for more than $2000.
Cheyenne Koreen Seymour used the store's refund system on 10 occasions to steal cash or transfer the false refunds to an account linked to a bank card.
The only exception in her $2466.82 crime spree was when she walked out the door without paying for a $158.75, 30-metre hose and hose reel.
Instead, the now 23-year-old billed the purchase to Wendouree business JG King Homes, which later contacted the store to state it did not buy the item.
Seymour chose the hose reel to give to someone as a Christmas present, Albury Local Court has heard.
Her offending, all caught on the store's CCTV security system, took place between October 31 and December 19, 2018.
Seymour was sacked on December 20.
She now lists her job as a stable hand.
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The Thurgoona woman pleaded guilty this week to 11 counts of steal property as a clerk or servant.
"The accused states," police told magistrate Rodney Brender, "that her reason for stealing the money was to offer financial support her grandfather, who has terminal brain cancer.
"The accused at the time of offending was earning $1200 a fortnight from Bunnings and the majority of the wage was taken up with re-payments after a car crash that the accused was uninsured for."
Seymour's first theft, a little over three years after she began working at the store, was her largest.
The court was told she put through a false refund for $590, transferring the money to her account.
This was captured on CCTV.
Over the following weeks she largely refunded the money to herself as cash, which she placed in an envelope and put into her back pocket before walking out of the store.
The cash and debit amounts, in order of offending, were for $80.25, $86.40, $105, $229, $540, $448.75, $85.45, $62.38 and $71.61, plus the stolen hose reel and the first sum of $590.
Mr Brender ordered the preparation of a sentence assessment report, which will consider relevant background information on Seymour and help him determine any possible non-jail options.
She made no comment during the brief mention of her matter.
Seymour must front court again on May 15 for sentence.
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