Bag theft leads to own arrest

Lisa Ann Bridger (37) pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday to seven counts of stealing and was fined $600. The court heard Bridger stole more than $900 worth of goods from assorted stores in Mandurah on December 3.

The police prosecutor told the court that Bridger put items in the back of her pram and took them to her car from 2pm to 9pm. She stole $250 worth of clothes and jewellery from Cotton On, $206 worth of jewellery from Lovisa, a handbag worth $39.99 from Betts and Betts, items from Dusk worth $98.86, a camera from Cash Converters worth $70, electrical and baby goods from Woolworths worth $103, and women’s clothes from Suzanne Grae worth $109.

At 9pm, a person working at Mandurah Forum called the police because they had concerns for Bridger’s welfare, because she was visibly distressed after her handbag was stolen from her pram. While police were at Bridger’s car, they noticed numerous items on the back seat.

They became suspicious because the items were not inside shopping bags.

The duty lawyer said Bridger got herself into a state about her financial situation. She said Bridger did not have enough money for Christmas.

She said the theft of her bag helped Bridger understand the impact her own theft may have had.