Woman stole $2000 in goods



A WOMAN stole more than $2000 worth of goods while working at a Gladstone shopping centre, a court heard on Thursday.

Shirley Wode pleaded guilty to six charges of stealing as a ser-vant in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Seabrook said the single mother of two stole mobile phones, a digital camera and oth- er goods between September 2005 and January while she worked as a cleaner contracted to the shopping centre.

On Friday, January 13, the manager found Wode stealing more than $200 worth of stationery.

That day police visited her home on other matters and a stolen mobile phone was found.

Wode then produced another three mobiles and a digital camera.

Wode told police all of the goods had been paid for. Sgt Seabrook said checks showed all the goods had been stolen.

A sum of money was also found, some of which had been used to pay a bill.

Sgt Seabrook said $545 had been handed back but restitution of the money was asked ? $155.

The total restitution asked was more than $1500, according to Sgt Seabrook.

Sgt Seabrook referred to a similar case of stealing as a servant where the defendant received probation of 18 months.

He submitted this was a just penalty and asked a conviction be recorded.

Defence solicitor Stacey O'Gor-man said Wode's case had the notable difference that Wode was not out to deliberately deceive someone and had cooperated with police.

Ms O'Gorman said Wode was unemployed after she lost her job as a result of the offences.

Magistrate Joan White ordered $1638 restitution be paid over one year and the property returned.

Wode was also fined $850 and a conviction not recorded.



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