Stealing $39-worth of groceries earns man $200 fine
A St George’s man was fined $200 in Magistrates’ Court yesterday after he admitted stealing $39 worth of groceries.
Anthony Iris, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of theft, telling the court that he was out of work.
Crown counsel Auralee Cassidy said management at White’s Supermarket in St David’s were given information about Iris as he shopped at the store around 6.30pm on Friday.
The manager saw Iris pushing a shopping cart containing a bag around the store. The manager saw Iris remove items from the shelf but could not see where they were put.
The defendant went to the cash register and paid for some items, but left the bag resting on the ground near his feet.
Management approached Iris as he was attempting to leave the store and requested to search his bag.
They found Colgate toothpaste, whisky, sliced turkey, a can of corned beef and a block of cheese inside his bag none of which had been paid for. The court heard the total value of the items was $39.07.
Iris offered to pay for the items after he was caught, but the store management refused his offer and contacted police.
He apologised for the incident, saying he was out of work at the time. Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner fined him $200 for the theft.