Woman swipes charity donation box

A CHARITY donation box has become the latest target of serial criminal offender Cheyenne Correen Dennison.

Dennison, who turned 31 while in custody for this crime, and her co-accused, Maria Allison Close, 18, entered Warwick's Free Choice tobacconist on October 1.

While Close distracted the attendant, Dennison shoved the CareFlight donation box up the sleeve of her jumper before fleeing the store.

It is estimated the box contained about $100 at the time it was taken.

Dennison is no stranger to the court system.

Her seven-page history is littered with convictions for a wide range of offences, including assault, break and enter, drugs, stealing and other offences of dishonesty.

The Warwick woman was on parole for stealing a bundle of scratchies at the time of this latest offence and as a result was taken back into custody on October 3 and her parole revoked.

She has remained in custody since that date.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann said his client was "her own worst enemy".

He added that his client was intoxicated at the time of the theft and conceded there had been "some pre-planning" involved.

"She was always going to get caught. It was almost as if she wanted to," Mr Habermann said.

"As with every time she comes in here she is very remorseful, very ashamed and very angry at herself."

Magistrate Graham Lee told Dennison he believed jail was the only fitting punishment for her.

He sentenced her to three months jail, however Dennison will be eligible to apply for parole on November 30.

Close, who lives near Woodenbong, was fined $250 and ordered to pay $50 restitution.



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