Shoplifter stuffed tuna down pants

A DISABILITY pensioner was caught shoplifting by stuffing meat down his pants at Tweed City Shopping Centre on February 13.

Stephen John Morrow attempted to steal two trays of meat and two tins of tuna worth $25.88, but ended up having to pay for the meat anyway. The 54-year-old pleaded guilty to shoplifting at the Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday and was put on a 12-month good behaviour bond and fined $73 in court costs.

According to police facts tendered to the court, Morrow stole the items because “he didn't have the money to pay for them” and the court heard he had made a written apology to the supermarket.

A Coles loss prevention officer noticed Morrow with two trays of meat in his shopping basket at 12.30pm, February 13.

The officer watched as Morrow took two tins of tuna from the shelf and put them down the front of his pants. He also saw that two trays of meat had disappeared from the tray.

Morrow went to the self serve checkout and paid for some groceries, but not for the items in his pants. The loss prevention officer confronted Morrow and found the items down his pants, then took him to an office in the shop where they waited for police to arrive.



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