Mother uses children as she steals
A MOTHER of three sat hunched over in Oakey Magistrates Court Friday morning as the court heard about her crime spree.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jodie Tahana told the court Shei Krystal Wallace used her children to hide stolen items in July last year.
"On July 10, the defendant walked into Spotlight, Toowoomba with her child in her pram and began to browse the shop," Snr Const Tahana said.
"The defendant was seen in CCTV concealing quilt cover and some curtains in the bottom of her pram before exiting the shop without paying for the items.
"She was also spotted on CCTV several days later re-entering the store with her child and the pram where she used the child to help conceal another quilt cover before exiting the store."
Snr Const Tahana told the court police arrived at Wallace's home on February 28, where she denied stealing any items.
Magistrate Judge Tracy Mossop heard the facts before turning towards the stay at home mother with some advice.
"Do you want to be labelled a thief or a liar?" Judge Mossop asked.
"You thought you got away with it but let me tell you a thief and a liar always pay twice."
Wallace pleaded guilty to the two charges of stealing and was ordered to pay $420 and another $420 to spotlight for the stolen items.
No conviction was recorded.