Woman faces up to court on theft charges

Warwick Court House
Warwick Court House

A THIEF managed to fleece two Warwick clothing stores out of goods in a cunning dressing room swindle.

The 55-year-old woman entered took a selection of Noni B clothing into the change rooms on April 22 last year and managed to swipe a top and skirt from the collection.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan yesterday told the Warwick Magistrates Court it was believed Colleen Smit hid the clothing either under the long skirt she was wearing or in her handbag.

On November 25 last year she used the same trick to steal herself another top and a pair of pants from the store.

On April 20 this year, Smit pulled a similar move in the Rockmans change rooms.

The court heard the woman took three pairs of pants into the dressing room and while the staff member was distracted by another customer, Smit dumped two of the pairs of pants on the counter and left with the other.

Unfortunately for Smit, the staff member recognised her and had her details on the store computer system.

A police search of Smit's bedroom shortly after one of the thefts uncovered some of the stolen items.

The court heard although caught red-handed, Smit tried to convince officers she had bought the clothes from a Toowoomba store weeks earlier.

Subsequent checks found this was not the case.

Sgt Wiggan told the court the Warwick woman had a history of dishonesty, including defrauding the Commonwealth.

He said Smit was "uncooperative" with police at all times and continued to deny any involvement in the thefts.

Magistrate Graham Lee ordered the woman be placed on nine months probation and ordered her to pay restitution of $165 to the two stores.

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