Kwinana: bulk meat thief cops community service

A MAN who loaded his trolley up with meat and pushed it straight out the shopping centre door had a getaway car waiting in the carpark.

Jake Leon Thom pleaded guilty to stealing when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on December 2.

The prosecutor said Thom had entered Woolworths at the Kwinana Hub shopping centre on November 17 at 1.45pm.

He walked around the cold meats section and filled the trolley with selected meat packs to the value of $674.02.

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Once full, he then pushed it out of the shopping centre and across the car park to a waiting car.

In the car was his girlfriend and they placed the meat on the back seat of the car.

Police caught the pair at the car before they could get away and the meat was returned to Woolworths.

An order of restitution was made as Woolworths said the meat was could not be sold as it had been removed from the store.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins placed Thom on a community-based order for 12 months with 80 hours community service.

“You may think no one suffers but the community does as prices are higher so these stores can recover their losses,” she said.