Bulging shorts a security tip off
A GYMPIE man came to the attention of a supermarket loss prevention officer after his bulging pants drew their attention to items he had stashed in them.
Justin Williams, 26, put a family pack of meat down his pants in Woolworths on February 6, and tried to leave without paying but the officer took him aside to wait for police.
He admitted that he went to Woolworths with the full intention of stealing the meat, worth $23.90, and was given a notice to appear in Gympie Magistrates Court.
It appeared Williams couldn’t help himself, the court heard, because later that month he was caught on CCTV footage in a bottle shop putting two bottles of alcohol down his pants and walking out without paying. The 1.5 litre bottles of Jim Beam and Bundaberg Rum were worth about $105.
On March 10, Williams took two packets of whole beef fillets and other grocery items worth a total of $84 from Coles supermarket, and went to walk through a checkout when he was stopped and asked to empty the contents of his pants.
The court heard Williams spent three months in jail last year for stealing offences and that he failed to provide his fingerprints to Gympie police for identification.
“Clearly you have a problem if you spent three months in jail and come out and steal meat,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.
Mrs Baldwin placed Williams on probation for six months.
Williams, of Flynn Road was also ordered to pay restitution to the three businesses for the items he stole.