AN unattended shopping trolley full of ‘click and collect’ groceries became a convenient crime for Damien Colin Anderson.
Appearing in Joondalup Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning, the court heard that while buying alcohol at BWS, Anderson noticed a pre-packed trolley near the Woolworths Madeley customer service desk.
He placed his liquor purchase in the trolley and walked away with the $195.37 worth of products.
When later confronted by police, he said he saw an “opportunity” and he had not worked for a month.
Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins said Anderson’s record was “three pages long”, which indicated he was a “person of poor character”.
“I just had some bad times but I’ve now sorted it out,” Anderson said.
Ms Hawkins ensured Anderson was now working and had somewhere to live before noting his early guilty plea and recognising the offence was “completely opportunistic” because he was struggling from not working.
She fined him $500 plus court costs of $225.90 and ordered him to repay the $195.37.