Woman’s cunning way of stealing $1300 of items from Dalby shop
ARIANDA Gay Troutman told Dalby Magistrates Court it was a “stupid mistake” stealing more than $1300 worth of home entertainment items from a Dalby business, but her cunning way of stealing the items would suggest it was anything but a mistake.
The court heard police responded to a call from staff at Big W in Dalby Shoppingworld who claimed someone had stolen items from their store.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana said the informants told police the defendant had removed the barcodes off mugs and placed them over the barcodes on a number of home entertainment items to the value of $1394.
Police attended Troutman’s address at 1.20pm on May 8 for a search of her address, where they located several of the items in her home, where Troutman openly admitted to taking the items.
Because they had been opened, the items were not able to be returned to the business and were not a in “sellable condition”, according to snr const Tahana.
Troutman pleaded guilty to one count of stealing.
Magistrate Tracy Mossop reprimanded her for her “dishonest conduct” before sentencing her to nine months probation, and ordering her to pay $1394 in restitution.
A conviction was not recorded.