Bra bandit busted: getaway vehicle the bus
A TOWNSVILLE woman's plan to steal hundreds of dollars worth of items from a shopping centre was foiled because her getaway vehicle was a local bus.
Dannika Angel Archer pleaded guilty to three charges of stealing and one charge of wilful damage in Townsville Magistrates Court.
On April 5, the apprentice chef packed a trolley with toiletries from the Woolworths supermarket at Stockland Townsville and fled. She had also stolen perfume from Terry White Chemists and other items from Bras N Things and another temporary store.
Archer ran from the shopping centre with the items, worth a total of $429, and caught a bus. Shopping centre security called police, who apprehended her at the next stop.
The wilful damage charge stemmed from an incident on December 29 last year, when Archer damaged clothing from fashion store Salt 66 at the Castletown shopping centre.
She had forcibly removed security tags from dresses, causing a rip of about 1cm. She was confronted by staff who asked her to pay for the items.
Archer handed the items, worth $149, to staff and left.
Magistrate Peter Smid fined Archer $750 and ordered that she pay compensation to Salt 66. No conviction was recorded.