Brazen shoplifter finally caught
A woman who left The Warehouse with a trolley-full of goods without paying almost got away with it - until she tried it again in another town.
Amanda Jane Edwards, 45, first attempted her brazen approach to shoplifting in October last year.
The West Coast woman went to The Warehouse, in Motueka.
She put a lawn mower, curtains and curtain rails in a trolley and walked out the door without paying for them, stashing them in her car and driving away. The items were worth $1100. Edwards was not identified as the culprit and appeared to have got away with it, until she tried the same technique eight months later.
She went to The Warehouse, in Blenheim, and filled a trolley with a vacuum cleaner, a cowhide rug, a battery, some clothing and a sheepskin rug on Friday.
Edwards tried to walk out the door without paying, but was confronted by security at the door. She made a run for it with the trolley to her car, stowing the items and driving away.
Police found Edwards shortly after. She admitted taking the items, which were worth $1511 in total.
They searched her car and found a glass pipe and 2 grams of methamphetamine.
She was forbidden from driving, but she claimed her son was behind the wheel during the theft.
Edwards admitted two counts of shoplifting, possession of meth, possession of meth utensils and driving while forbidden at the Blenheim District Court on Monday.
She spent three nights in the cells, having been remanded in custody over the weekend.
Her lawyer Philip Watson said Edwards had a history of addiction issues which helped to explain her offending.
He asked if she could be bailed to her home in Inangahua, in the Buller District, and her case moved to the Greymouth District Court.
Police had checked the address and did not oppose her bail.
Judge David Ruth convicted Edwards and remanded her on bail, on the condition she drive straight to her house, where she would be on curfew between 9pm and 7am. She was not to consume non-prescription drugs including synthetic drugs, Judge Ruth said.
Edwards would reappear at the Greymouth District Court for sentencing on August 24.