Man Uses Chupa Chup Bar Code to Steal $990 Worth of Groceries

Self-serve checkout


Hit News Maranoa

27 June 2019

Hit News Maranoa

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A  51-year-old Roma man has used a Chupa Chup barcode to steal close to $1000 worth of groceries from Woolworths.  He used the system over 11 transactions.

The man fixed a 50 cent Chupa Chup barcode to his finger scanning items through the self-serve checkout system at Woolworths.

He pleaded guilty to the fraudulent activity which took place at the Roma Woolworths store between March 26 and May 5 this year.

The Toowoomba Court heard how he had lost everything when an electrical fault burned his home to the ground earlier this year, forcing him into hard financial times as he awaited insurance to rebuild.

Recognising the man’s otherwise "blameless" criminal history, the Court convicted, but did not further punish the offender.

He was ordered to pay $990.66 restitution, the total value of the grocery items.

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