Woman shoplifted because Coles queue 'was too long'

A WOMAN who stole food, clothes and containers from Coles told police she did it because the checkout line at the supermarket was too long.

Jodi Anne Gleeson, 37, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday to two counts of stealing.

On the afternoon on June 6, Gleeson was noticed by a Coles security guard putting items in a pram she had with her.

She placed two packs of gum, two packets of M&Ms, children's socks, kitchen containers, yoghurt and baby formula into the pram, the court heard.

She then left the Coles store without paying.

Police were called and she was stopped by security guards.

She told the police she was planning on paying but decided to leave without paying when she saw the length of the checkout line and she didn't want to wait.

She returned the $36.38 worth of goods to the store.

The court heard the second charge of stealing related to a a separate occasion when Gleeson was noticed by a customer at a Target store filling her handbag with clothes.

The customer told a staff member who then saw Gleeson and stopped her from leaving the store.

She was stopped at the store exit by a security guard.

When the police arrived Gleeson handed over around $400 worth of clothes she had taken from the store.

No restitutions from the thefts were sought with all the items returned.

Gleeson was fined $400.



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