Woman steals TV, laptop for hocking to pay for groceries

WHEN it comes to shoplifting, a television is probably one of the harder items to just pick up and walk out of a shop with.

But when an unemployed Victoria Caroline Stanley found she wasn't able to afford groceries, she did just that in a Dick Smith store.

Yesterday the 28-year-old appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to that and a number of other offences.

On April 27, Stanley walked into Dick Smith in Rockhampton and left with one of the TVs which were on display in boxes near the front of the store.

One week later she attempted to do the same thing, but this time the boxes were empty.

But this didn't deter her; she returned soon after and walked out with a laptop hidden under her jacket.

Both incidents were caught on CCTV.

Days later, police executed a search warrant on her address and located the stolen laptop on the front seat of her car, and found a loan document from Kings Cash Exchange for the TV.

The court heard she had planned to pawn the $599 laptop, and had received $80 for the $441 TV.

Stanley also faced a charge of contravening a police requirement after she missed a court-ordered appointment with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs service.

ATSILS solicitor Shayne Studdert told the court Stanley was struggling financially because she had no job, and stole the items to buy groceries.

She was sentenced to three months' jail but released on parole, ordered to do 80 hours of community service and fined $300 with convictions recorded.