Cosmetics thief fined

Last updated 12:00 06/12/2013

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Christmas is usually about spreading cheer and goodwill, but one man used the Christmas section of a store to steal.

Phillip Jack Young, 28, went into Farmers on Church St in Palmerston North on November 13 and 14 and stole cosmetics valued at $100 each time.

According to a police summary of facts, on both occasions he took the items into the Christmas section of the store before putting them in his pockets.

He made a getaway on November 13, but was stopped by security the next day. He told police he needed the money and was planning on selling the items.

Police recovered the cosmetics from the second occasion, but not from the first theft.

Defence lawyer Jock Turnbull said Farmers had made a claim of $295 for security costs, and Young had tried to pay that back plus $100 for the items that had not been returned. But Farmers was unable to take the extra $100 until the court said it was appropriate.

Young was out of work at the time, but had since picked up employment in Levin, Mr Turnbull said. He was also undertaking counselling.

Judge Gregory Ross said Young seemed to have "abilities and wits" about him, but should use them for something better.

"You should be able to stand up on your own two feet financially."

Young was convicted, fined $200 and ordered to pay compensation of $99.96 to Farmers.

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