Kmart thief pleads guilty

A WOMAN who tried to steal more than $460 worth of goods from Kmart was fined in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Mikayla Beatrice Shield, 21, of South Bundaberg, pleaded guilty to one charge of attempted stealing.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court Shield and a co-offender filled a box with items from the Bundaberg Kmart and hid it behind pillows in the store on October 29, 2009.

The two were spotted with their hands between pillows and when a store employee asked if they needed assistance, they quickly walked away from the area and ran from the store down escalators.

Shield's co-offender was found hiding under a car and the defendant was later charged after she was identified on CCTV footage.

Sgt Stevens told the court Shield “has had numerous matters before the court and had substance abuse problems in the past”.

“Looking at a picture of the defendant from several years ago, the transformation is remarkable and she has obviously got her life back in order,” Sgt Stevens told the court.

“That is why it's so disappointing to see her involved in this theft.”

Defence lawyer Kel Pearson told the court his client was a single mother who “four years ago found herself on a slippery slope”.

“Her lifestyle is vastly different now and she is remorseful of her actions,” he said.

Magistrate John Smith fined Shield $500 for the offence.

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