Hungry thieves bypass checkouts with trolley

TWO teenagers, strapped for cash and hungry, helped themselves to almost $500 worth of groceries.

Gatton Magistrates Court yesterday heard Jeremy Brian Harding and Adrian Lee Ray Pekka Perokorpi, both 19, entered the Gatton Coles on May 15 and stole 101 grocery items.

About 3pm the pair chose several items from the supermarket shelves before bypassing the checkouts and pushing the trolley outside.

Prosecutor Constable Karen Dearling said police were called by the store manager, who had detained the pair.

The manager followed the pair outside the store where he spoke with them before they voluntarily followed him back into the supermarket to wait for police.

Const Dearling was told “they were doing it tough financially” because there were five of them living in a house in Gatton, and couldn't afford to pay for the groceries, which totalled $482.18.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck told them he would not issue them with a fine.

“You don't have money to pay a fine because you stole the items in the first place,” Mr Schemioneck said.

They both pleaded guilty to stealing and were ordered to 40 hours community service each.



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