Shop wouldn’t have bar of choc thief

Weekend Herald - - Bring On The Weekend - Rob Kidd

De­spite a choco­late thief be­ing caught red-handed, the stolen goods could not be resold be­cause of their prox­im­ity to his groin, a court has heard.

Scott Michael El­liot (43) ap­peared at the Dunedin District Court yes­ter­day where he pleaded guilty to a count of shoplift­ing.

He was at the Ware­house in Bal­clutha at 2pm on Septem­ber 9, prose­cu­tor Sergeant Chris Ge­orge said.

El­liot was spotted con­ceal­ing $26.38 of choco­late bars “down his trousers”.

As he left the store with the con­sid­er­able bulge, he was fol­lowed by se­cu­rity staff and po­lice ar­rested him shortly af­ter­wards.

Judge John Mac­don­ald was par­tic­u­larly sur­prised by the man’s ex­pla­na­tion.

El­liot told of­fi­cers he was a di­a­betic, had low blood su­gar and was not think­ing straight when he smug­gled the sweet treats out of the shop.

“I’ve not heard that one for a while,” the judge said.

Though the items were re­cov­ered, Ge­orge said, they were not suitable for re­sale be­cause they had been so close to the de­fen­dant’s nether re­gions.

El­liot was or­dered to pay the Ware­house $26.38.

He was also fined $250 with court costs of $130.

De­fence coun­sel Bren­dan Stephen­son said as well as his di­a­betes the man was also un­der the in­flu­ence of pre­scrip­tion painkillers at the time.

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