Close call for light fingered mother of seven
A MAGISTRATE has warned a mother of seven she was close to going to jail after she stole electronics using her pram.
Jodie Lee Rainbow, 34, appeared before Hervey Bay Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to a series of charges including stealing, driving unlicensed, failing to provide identifying particulars and failing to attend a court appearance.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Rainbow had used her pram to take a kitchen appliance valued at $79 from Coles in Pialba.
When she was confronted by staff she showed them a receipt from Big W that was for a mobile phone.
A Coles staff member asked Rainbow to stay while they checked CCTV footage, but Rainbow refused.
When the CCTV footage was examined, it showed Rainbow taking the item.
Sgt Quirk said when police questioned Rainbow in relation to the incident she couldn't provide any reason for taking the item.
The court also heard Rainbow had been stopped by police while driving a red Holden Commodore while on her way to the shops.
But Rainbow had never held a Queensland driver's licence, the court heard.
She then failed to attend the police station to provide her identifying particulars and later failed to appear in court.
Lawyer Michael Riddell said Rainbow was the sole carer for her seven children, which put a strain on her financially.
Magistrate Graham Hillan told Rainbow he had considered giving her a term of imprisonment but had decided against it.
He said if she offended again she could find herself behind bars.
Rainbow received fines totalling $2700 and was disqualified from driving for six months.