Police find meat and dog treats in woman's handbag

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: A woman who said she tried to steal meat because it was too expensive has been fined for shoplifting.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT: A woman who said she tried to steal meat because it was too expensive has been fined for shoplifting.

A woman who tried to steal meat and dog treats from an Orange supermarket was sentenced in Orange Local Court on Monday.

Ruth Anne Akers, 45, of Fish Parade, Gorman’s Hill, was not in court when she was fined $800 for stealing $75.30 worth of groceries.

According to police, Akers was seen placing items in her handbag and under her shirt on June 21, before paying for other items at the checkout.

Police caught her on the way out of the store.

During the search they found a four pack of Lucky Dog kangaroo meat, bacon, roast beef, double smoked ham, a lamb leg and two dog treats in her handbag.

They also found beef scotch fillet steaks hidden under her clothes.

Police quoted her as saying, “I’m just struggling at the moment, everything costs so much”. 

Police said when questioned the woman agreed that she had $45 in cash in her wallet at the time that she stole the items. 

*This story has been edited.