Warwick mother targets elderly woman in sly cash theft
A Warwick mother has paid the price in court for her “spur of the moment” decision to steal a hefty cash withdrawal from an elderly woman.
Colleen Maree Crummy and her victim were both customers at Big W Warwick in Rose City Shoppingworld on January 18.
The elderly woman accidentally left behind the $100 cash she withdrew at a self-service checkout, which the 35-year-old mum then pocketed as she used the same register.
The Warwick Magistrates Court heard the victim returned to Big W later that day and was reimbursed by the storen.
Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said a Big W employee reported the theft to police, who identified Crummy using CCTV footage.
Sgt Wiggan said police visited Crummy’s home on February 5, where she initially claimed she handed in the $100 to centre management.
The court heard Rose City Shoppingworld had no record of any such encounter.
Defence lawyer Clare Hine contended the mother-of-three’s otherwise clean criminal record made it clear the theft was a “spur of the moment decision” and “complete lack of judgment”.
Crummy pleaded guilty to one count of stealing.
She was placed on a four-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $100 restitution to Big W.
No conviction was recorded.
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