CCTV catches quick handed thieves
IF THE three unrelated thieves who faced Gympie Magistrate Court on Monday had looked up when their fingers were feeling itchy, they might have thought twice about being there.
"It's just the most stupid thing... I've seen it all day," Magistrate M. Baldwin said of the parade of miscreants whose crimes were caught on camera.
"Whether we like it or not, we've got an eye watching us all the time," Mrs Baldwin told a 22-year-old Curra man who was photographed stealing a gift card on May 18.
The court heard Brandon Zachary Cartner, a Gympie car yard employee, pleaded guilty to stealing a $50 gift card from a customer's car.
He was caught on camera the same day using the Woolworths card to buy groceries. Cartner was placed on six months' good behaviour with a $400 recognisance.
Gympie man Scott Andrew Chambers, 39, was also observed stealing in CCTV footage.
The court heard his distinctive tattoos gave him away when he stole $50 which was left behind by a customer at a Coles self-service check out on June 5.
Mrs Baldwin fined the offender $250 and ordered him to pay $50 restitution, pointing out that "the days of finders keepers, loser's weepers are long gone".
Cedar Pocket woman Emma-Louise Bowden, 34, also faced two stealing charges when CCTV footage revealed the Palm Cove restaurant employee took $85 from the cash register and hid it in her apron while working on January 27 and 28.
The woman was put on 12 months' good behaviour with a $1000 recognisance.