Teen in court over "buy now, pay later" petrol scam

A TEENAGER who tried to force a "buy now, pay later" policy on Warwick fuel stations has been brought before the courts.

John Paul Holtham filled his car with 15L of petrol at one outlet on June 2.

The 17-year-old then attempted to pay the bill with a friend's card but it was declined due to insufficient funds.

The employee told Holtham he had an hour to return with the money and the teenager assured her he would.

He never returned.

Later that month, Holtham pulled the same stunt at another fuel station, this time for 20L of petrol.

Police located Holtham a few days later, who admitted to taking the fuel without paying.

He told officers he intended to pay for the fuel when he got a new job and had the money.

Lawyer Phillip Crook suggested his client be sentenced to a good behaviour bond but Magistrate Graham Lee said there was a need for a tougher penalty for those who steal fuel.

"Taking petrol seems a bit prevalent in the community and that is a sentencing factor I will take into account," he said.

Holtham was ordered to pay a fine of $400 and was ordered to pay $50.01 restitution to the two fuel stations.



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