Woman capitalises on friend’s good nature in ‘despicable’ theft

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A WOMAN who capitalised on a friend’s good nature to steal his wallet has been fined $800.

Isabella Lonie Akee pleaded guilty to stealing when she appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on August 25.

The prosecutor said Akee went to a friend’s house in Boulder asking if she could use the toilet on September 17 last year.

The friend let her in and when she returned from the toilet she asked for a drink of water.

She told the victim the water tasted funny, and he took the glass and tipped it down the sink.

At this moment Akee reached up to the top of the fridge and grabbed the victim’s wallet before legging it out the door and into a waiting car.

The wallet had $570 cash, a $20 Bunnings gift card along with other cards in it.

The duty lawyer said Akee was heavily involved with drugs at the time and it was an opportunistic crime.

She said shortly after Akee felt bad and returned the wallet and cards however the cash was missing.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said it was shameful behaviour.

“You went to your friend’s house then did the deceitful despicable action of taking his wallet,” she said.

“If that doesn’t shame you then it should – $590 is a sizeable amount of cash in any one’s books.”

“Having his wallet stolen by a friend must have had a significant effect upon him – not being able to trust friends.”

Magistrate Atkins fined Akee $800 and ordered she repay the $570 cash.

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