Grocery grabbers nabbed

IT wasn’t your average five finger discount.

Two trolleys packed full of groceries were pushed out of a Gympie supermarket and would have been loaded into the back of a car if it wasn’t for the sharp eyes of a loss prevention officer.

After filling their trolleys like normal shoppers in Coles on February 25, two Tewantin women made no attempt to pay and tried to steal the contents by wheeling them out the main entry.

They had driven to Gympie that day and attempted to take items worth a combined total of $1400 but were stopped and charged with stealing.

In Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday, partners in crime Kristy Lee Maisey, 34, and Jodie Anais Hughes, 23, had no explanation for why they did it.

Appearing for both of them, duty solicitor Greg Wildie summed it up when he said the whole thing was “stupid”.

“It’s one thing to walk out of a store with chewing gum in your pocket but it’s quite another thing entirely to wheel out a shopping trolley full of goods,” he said.

“I am instructed (Hughes’) cousin died and she was in charge of food and beverages for the wake.”

Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin appeared perplexed by the matter. “Blind Freddy could see you hadn’t paid when you wheeled a trolley full of groceries out (the store),” she told Maisey and to Hughes she said it didn’t make any sense to her why someone would do that.

Maisey, of Outlook Drive, and Hughes, of Goodchap Street, were both placed bonds to be of good behaviour for six months with no conviction recorded and were ordered to pay around $250 between them in restitution for the perishable items that could not be resold.

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