Thief stole dog food because mate was too scared

A MAN who stole dog food and other items from The Reject Shop because his mate was too scared has been fined after appearing in court.

Magistrate Mark Morrow asked David Anthony Quinn if Quinn had a dog, before convicting him on charges of stealing dog food, a dog lead and other items from The Reject Shop.

"No," replied Quinn, "but my friend has and he was too scared to steal the stuff."

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"Then he was the sensible one - not you," Mr Morrow said.

Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday heard Quinn had stolen the items on March 21, and on the same day he had also stolen clothing from Kmart.

Police found him walking away from Stockland with the items.

They then visited his Barney Point home and found some drugs and utensils in Quinn's room, and charged him with two drug offences.

Mr Morrow said he had considered sentencing Quinn to probation, but on hearing Quinn would leave Australia at the end of April, said: "You are fined $1200 and a conviction is recorded."



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