Coffee smuggled from shop in pants

A HERVEY Bay man shoved a jar of coffee down his pants at Fraser Shores IGA and left without paying, a Hervey Bay court heard.

Kevin James Bandy pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to shoplifting, drink driving and possession of dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jeanette Grigoris said on July 6 last year Bandy was seen entering the Fraser Shores IGA and taking coffee and confectionary off the shelves.

She said CCTV saw Bandy shove the coffee down his pants before he proceeded to the counter to pay for the confectionary.

The court heard Bandy was stopped by police on December 24 for a random breathe test.

He recorded a blood alcohol content reading of 0.06% and police found 2g of cannabis in his car during a search.

Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie said at the time of the theft Bandy had been off his medication for about three months.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell urged Bandy to apologise to the store as the court did not order for restitution to be paid for items under $10.

"I will leave that up to you," he said.

"You should probably say to them that you owe them $10 for a jar of coffee."

Mr Tatnell fined Bandy a total of $1200 and disqualified him from driving for six months. No convictions were recorded.


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