Thief faces seven charges

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

A Cooloongup woman pre­vi­ously de­scribed as a “pro­lific of­fender” by a po­lice pros­e­cu­tor has been handed a year- long com­mu­nity- based or­der af­ter steal­ing nearly $ 3000 worth of items from lo­cal busi­nesses.

Cindy Lee Danby ap­peared in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court last Fri­day and pleaded guilty to seven charges of steal­ing.

The court was again told of the facts of each steal­ing charge, which in­cluded the woman steal­ing $ 700 worth of sun­glasses, $ 170 worth of bath tow­els and a beach bag, two cook­ing sets worth $ 700 and a $ 299 Fit­Bit. She also stole $ 199 worth of items from an auto re­pair shop and a $ 40 face cream.

Her lawyer said it was “ac­cepted” that Danby had a “sig­nif­i­cant his­tory” and pointed to her “lim­ited in­come” as an ex­pla­na­tion.

How­ever, Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins chal­lenged the de­fence and said Danby’s in­come did not ex­cuse her steal­ing.

Danby was placed on a 12- month com­mu­nity- based or­der and in­structed to pay back the value of the items stolen to each busi­ness, as well as $ 107.50 in court costs.

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