Woman steals do­nated goods

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WOMAN in­volved in the theft of do­nated goods was fined $550 af­ter plead­ing guilty to the charge in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Elaine Jill Mercer was the driver of a car that pulled into the Can­non­vale-based Whit­sun­day Com­mu­nity Ser­vices at 3.45pm on June 9.

CCTV footage from the premises showed a num­ber of house­hold items be­ing loaded into her ve­hi­cle from the do­na­tion sec­tion at the front of the busi­ness.

Items taken in­cluded a large blue and white esky, a toaster and saucepans.

Po­lice traced the ve­hi­cle’s regis­tra­tion to Mercer and ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the 62-yearold’s home on July 8, where many of the items were found.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Morton said Mercer had gone to the cen­tre to drop goods off and had no idea that by tak­ing other items she was ac­tu­ally steal­ing.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist con­ceded that the lack of any crim­i­nal his­tory at Mercer’s age, meant this was some­what “out of char­ac­ter”.

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