A ROCKHAMPTON Magistrate yesterday told a woman there was "no such thing as finders keepers" after she went on a shopping spree with a stranger's debit card.
Kylie Jane Biggin told police she found the card on the ground at Stockland Rockhampton on April 19 last year and she and a friend used it to buy alcohol, cigarettes and soft drinks.
Police prosecutor Shaun Janes told the court Biggin and another woman made three transactions on the card, two at a North Rockhampton BWS store and one at a Frenchville grocery store in the one day.
They purchased nine cans of vodka, raspberry Vodka Cruisers, 12 cans of Canadian Club, three 1.5 litre bottles of soft drink and a pack of cigarettes to a value close to $120.
Police searched Biggin's Koongal home on July 17 when she confessed to picking up the card.
She told police she gave it to her friend who "drove her around Rockhampton showing her how to use Paywave".
A search warrant on the same date uncovered an uncapped syringe in Biggin's bedside table drawer and a grinder with cannabis residue.
Biggin told police she used the syringe to inject ice and the grinder to grind cannabis in the weeks prior to the search.
"Meth has destroyed her life, it's taken everything away from her," defence lawyer Matthew Heelan told the court.
"She met (the co-accused) while volunteering at the school tuckshop and she offered my client meth," Heelan said.
"She has detained from methamphetamine, she is fearful of methamphetamine."
Biggin pleaded guilty to six charges including one count each of stealing, failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe as to avoid danger and possessing utensils used in the connection of smoking a dangerous drug.
She also pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud.
Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll told the woman there was "no such thing as finders keepers".
"That's for primary school only, finders keepers has no relation at all to the adult world."
Biggin was sentenced to 18 months' probation with no convictions recorded.
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