A MAN who pleaded guilty to 25 counts of theft will spend 17 months behind bars.
Vinal Kumar was convicted by the Suva Magistrate Court last Thursday after stealing about $40,000 worth of lubricants from Carpenters Lubricant Warehouse between November 2011 to February 2012.
He was jointly charged with his younger brother Donal Kumar who was convicted of five counts of theft but escaped a jail term when his 11 months imprisonment term was suspended for two years.
The court heard that Vinal and Donal stole spoilt and unspoilt lubricants on five occasions and sold them to their friends.
However, on 20 occasions between the same period, Vinal stole unspoiled lubricants worth about $30,000 and sold them to different persons.
Magistrate Sufia Hamza said they were employed as stock controllers by Carpenters Lubricants Warehouse and were responsible to keep track of the stock movement.
She said they were entrusted with the code password to activate and deactivate the Sigma Security alarm to gain entry into the warehouse.