Desperate thief helps himself to charity goods
DONATED charity goods didn’t make it inside the desired op-shop in a daylight theft where a man filled a trolley full of clothes and took off.
Police spotted Michael-John Andrew Brooks, 20, walking with the trolley full of goods on August 5, leaving the rifled remains in his wake near the donation bins of a Lifeline store.
When questioned, Brooks told police he thought he could take the items as they weren’t inside the bins.
Among the stolen goods were clothes, a block of knives and other items.
Police also found a small knife in his shoe he claimed was for “protection” from people coming after him.
He pleaded guilty at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday to stealing and possessing a knife in public.
Duty lawyer Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown said the Maroochydore man “needed” the items for his everyday life.
He was fined $350 and no conviction was recorded.