Young Dalby woman lies to police about pen theft, despite evidence
EVEN after being shown two separate recordings proving she had stolen pens from a Dalby discount store, a 20-year-old woman refused to accept the fact she had been caught.
Leah Josephine Moy faced Dalby Magistrates Court on September 8 charged with unauthorised dealing of shop goods.
Police prosecutor senior constable Jodie Tahana told the court the incident occurred at OMGosh in the Dalby Shopping World complex on August 12.
The court heard Moy was spotted in the shop about 11.40am casually browsing store items.
"She was seen to pick up two items from the shelf, placing one item in her backpack before bending forward to conceal the second item in her shirt," she said.
"She then left the victim's business without making arrangements to purchase those items.
"It was witnessed by the store manager who contacted police, and provided a description of the defendant."
Police located and identified the Moy before having a conversation with her.
"The defendant stated she had been browsing items and denied any knowledge of unlawfully taking items from the store," snr const Tahana said.
"Police reviewed the CCTV footage which depicted the incident as it occurred."
The court heard Moy continually denied stealing the items even when she was confronted with the footage and said she had placed the items back on the shelf.
A search of the defendant's bag located a handful of markers according to snr const Tahana, with Moy stating she had purchased the pens from Roma and unpacked them from their boxes shortly before she spoke to police.
"There is footage of her eating in the shopping centre, which clearly shows the defendant removing the items from her bag, and under her shirt, before removing the markers and placing the containers in the bin," she said.
"She was then issued with a notice to appear."
Duty lawyer Claire Graham told the court Moy was a young offender with no criminal history, who had worked as a Dominos delivery driver before injuring her ankle.
Ms Graham said the defendant's crime was out of character, and given her young age and the low value item she stole, restitution for the pens was in range.
Magistrate Roger Stark acknowledged her early plea of guilty with no history, and said he'd give her the benefit of a bond for the sum of $300 for six months.
She was then ordered to pay back $14.90 restitution for the stolen pens.
No conviction was recorded.