Thief named Gallon stole fuel worth £2,000

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A FUEL thief with an apt surname was punished with a community order and ordered to pay compensation.

Peter Gallon appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court this week charged with a string of offences after conning around £2,000 of fuel from local petrol stations after using a petrol card stolen from his employer.

The 29-year-old, of Kent Walk, Peterlee, admitted two counts of fraud by false representation, as well as theft by an employee.

Gallon stole an All Star fuel card from his boss, Owen Brown, on or around December 30 last year.

He then committed fraud between January 6 and March 24 this year by using the stolen card to obtain fuel and engine oil worth £1,958.32 and again on March 27, to gain £78.66 of fuel and £45 of engine oil.

Magistrates sentenced Gallon to a 12-month community order with supervision and 100 hours unpaid work.

He must also pay back £754 compensation for the theft of the fuel card and a deprivation order was also made on Gallon’s Ford Orion.