Shop­ping spree ends up in court

Kapi-Mana News - - COURT -

A Wellington woman at­tempted, and failed, to steal items from two Porirua stores in the same af­ter­noon.

Pa­nia Ruth Royal, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Mike Craig said that on Fe­bru­ary 1, at 2.30pm, Royal at­tempted to steal $37 of meat prod­ucts from New World Porirua.

‘‘She was seen by staff putting meat in her hand­bag,’’ he said.

‘‘She said she didn’t have any money to pay.’’

Two hours later Royal was caught try­ing to steal cos­met­ics from The Ware­house Porirua.

Mr Craig said she re­moved tags from items be­fore putting them in her hand­bag.

She then walked around the store be­fore she changed her mind and put a few things back.

Mr Craig said se­cu­rity ap­proached her and re­moved $103 worth of items from Royal’s hand­bag.

Peter Fos­ter, the lawyer for the de­fence, said Royal was apolo­getic about her ac­tions.

‘‘She was hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time and try­ing to pro­vide for her chil­dren,’’ he said.

Judge Walker con­victed and re­manded Royal to ap­pear on March 3 in Wellington Dis­trict Court, where she has other charges pend­ing.

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