Thief stuffed $240 of groceries in his clothes

WHEN you shove $240 worth of stolen groceries down your trousers, you're bound to get caught.

Words of wisdom too late for Wesley Stephen Craig who was caught stealing in those circumstances at Woolworths in Booval.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, the father of two appeared via prison video link to plead guilty to the offence.

Police prosecutor Steve De Lissa said police were called to the Woolworths on May 28 after a witness spotted Craig putting groceries down the front of his pants.

The officers tried to stop Criag from leaving the supermarket and chased him out into the car park.

Craig, was caught and found with $241.85 worth of stolen groceries on him.

As a consequence of him running away from the officers, the 36-year-old was additionally charged with one count of obstructing police.

Defence lawyer Erin Dwan said Craig had a long criminal history and was on a suspended sentence when he committed the crime.

"He was returned to custody in respect to these matters," she said.

Ms Dwan said Craig had stolen the items to support his drug habit.

However she added that her client had taken steps towards his rehabilitation while in jail and was working towards getting his life "back on track".

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Craig was bound to have been caught stealing in the manner which he did.

"It was an unsophisticated offence...but that makes it no less improper, unlawful and wrong".

Craig was sentenced to three months in prison. He will be eligible for parole after serving a month.


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