Probation sentence for serial toy thief
A YEPPOON woman who stole a bounty of homewares and toys from a Big W store pleaded guilty to stealing for the third time since November.
Kristin Chez Williams appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, accompanied by her partner who last week faced charges for the same incident.
The court heard Williams and her co-accused learned from a Big W employee that discarded items which were not fit for sale were dumped in a bin at the Yeppoon store's loading dock.
A witness saw Williams and her partner empty the locked bin of a total of 19 items, pile them into their car and drive away at 11.15pm on January 3, only days after being released from prison on similar charges.
When questioned later at their address, Williams told police they intended to use the stolen items as "spare parts".
Police saw Williams and the co-accused exit their vehicle, which was piled with boxed items.
A defence lawyer for Williams told the court while the bin was locked, the store had not officially discarded the goods which otherwise would have made them not capable of being stolen under the criminal code.
Williams previously pleaded guilty to two stealing charges in November 2014 and was sentenced to four months in prison, with a parole release date of December 19.
For the fresh charges, Williams was sentenced to 15 months' probation.
What was stolen:
Four dinner sets
One blender, swivel sweeper, steam mop and fan
15kg of birdseed
Three fishing rods
An adult bike, swing set attachment, tricycle and child's bicycle
Two scooters, one electric
One inflatable pool toy