Shoplifter hid items under the seat of her mobility scooter

SOMETIMES crimes are committed by the most unlikely people. While she shopped at Woolworths in Ipswich on July 2, old-age pensioner June Dorris Ward decided to take a few free items.

The 70-year-old shoplifted products worth $88 by hiding them in her bag and under the seat of her mobility scooter.

Prosecutor Sergeant Tracey Laing told Ipswich Magistrates Court, Ward had been caught in the act by a staff member at the store.

When Ward attempted to leave the supermarket without paying for the items, she was stopped by police and admitted to stealing the goods.

Sgt Laing said Ward told police she simply did not have enough money to pay for all the things she wanted.

Police also uncovered $87 worth of DVDs which were later found to have been stolen from K-Mart.

All items were returned to the stores. Ward pleaded guilty to unauthorised dealing with shop goods.

Defence lawyer Tim Clements said Ward had no prior criminal history and she was "extremely remorseful".

Ward was placed on a good behaviour bond of $200 for three months.

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