A disgruntled former employee has been sentenced to house arrest for stealing more than $11,000 from a Brandon pizza restaurant.
In one case, he and an accomplice broke in and took more than $4,000 from the safe.
Alexis Alfonso Orellana-Barrera, 22, was sentenced in Brandon provincial court on Monday for break and enter and three counts of theft.
Co-accused, 21-year-old Nelson Maveric Rodriguez Alfaro was also sentenced for the break-in, plus three counts of possession of stolen property.
According to the police report, Orellana-Barrera was still working at the restaurant on March 7-12 when, on three occasions, he took money from the open safe.
During those three thefts he took a total of $7,060 and shared the money with Rodriguez Alfaro.
Orellana-Barrera was then fired for stealing another employee’s belongings.
Upset with his dismissal, on March 26, 2016, he disabled the restaurant alarm — as an employee, he’d known the code.
He and Rodriguez Alfaro entered the business and took the deposit and float, a total of $4,285, from the safe.
The two men wore masks to hide from the surveillance camera, but Orellana-Barrera was identified as a suspect nonetheless.
Both men later admitted their crimes to police.
Orellana-Barrera’s was trying to get money to help his family after illness, his lawyer said.
On Monday, Orellana-Barrera was sentenced to one year of house arrest, while Rodriguez Alfaro received four months house arrest for his lesser role. While involved in the break and enter, Rodriguez Alfaro hadn’t taken a direct part in the thefts.
Jointly, both men are responsible for paying back the stolen money.