A 42-year-old supermarket worker stole $1400 worth of goods and cash from her Kojonup workplace before she was caught with a full boot of stolen groceries. Gemma Leanne Alp pleaded guilty at Katanning Magistrates Court on June 7 to six charges of stealing as a servant. Police prosecutor Sergeant David Loverock told the court Alp was an assistant manager at IGA Kojonup when she stole more than $1400 worth of goods and cash in a one-month period this year. Between February 24 and 25, Alp chose 52 items from the store during her shift and scanned them through the checkout for a deferred payment. She later returned to the checkout and voided the $175.17 transaction, but kept the items. She used the same method on four separate occasions in the next three weeks to steal a combined 187 items worth $754.81. Sgt Loverock said Alp stole $500 cash while putting items in a safe at the supermarket at 5.25pm on March 7. The stealing was picked up when an employee discovered cash was missing from a till on March 8. Alp was caught leaving the store will a full boot of groceries on March 19 and arrested two days later. Her defence lawyer accepted the facts outlined by the prosecution and said her client had been suffering from financial issues. She told the court Alp had taken out a number of loans and “had no money for food”. Alp had previously worked at the IGA supermarket in Merredin for 15 to 20 years and had been financially supporting a friend while she was in Kojonup. The defence lawyer said her client had repaid IGA Kojonup for the stolen items and apologised for her actions. In her sentencing remarks, Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said Alp had been in “a position of trust” with her employer. “You set the tone for what is acceptable and unacceptable in that organisation,” she said. Ms Scaddan noted her theft was relatively “sophisticated”. “This involved some degree of planning by you,” she said. “This wasn’t a case of ‘I desperately needed something to eat’.” Ms Scaddan accepted Alp was remorseful and that the offences were out of character. She was fined $3000 and denied a spent conviction.