Stolen clothes and PlayStation games hidden in wheelchair

A TEMPORARILY wheelchair-bound man used his chair to steal clothes and PlayStation games, a court has heard.

Nathan Wayne Strathie, 30, yesterday pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to two counts of stealing.

The court heard Strathie was in a wheelchair at Riverlink with a group of friends.

He was in the chair after having part of his foot amputated after his second diagnosis of blood poisoning.

He and his friends were leaving the Citybeach store in Riverlink when they set off the store's alarms.

Police attended and noticed a white jumper in the chair behind Strathie.

He told the police he didn't know why the alarms went off and he had brought the jumper from his house.

Police then noticed a slit cut in the seat of the chair behind Strathie's back. Inside the slit the police found stolen $199.99 worth of clothes from Citybeach and two PlayStation 3 games taken from JB Hi-Fi.

He and his friends were captured on CCTV placing two games in the slit of the chair both valued at $24.98. The clothes were damaged when tags were removed and couldn't be resold.

The court heard Strathie stole the items to give as a birthday present. He said the friends he was with came up with the idea of using the chair as a way of stealing things.

He was fined $300 and ordered to pay $199.99 in restitutions.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court, nathan wayne strathie, stealing



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