Young men smuggled six shirts out of CQ fishing store
TWO young men stole six fishing shirts from an Emerald store, concealing the items under their shirts.
Travis Jordan Gough, 23, and Lee David Schomberg, 19, faced Emerald Magistrates Court on August 25 for their involvement in the theft of shirts from Emerald’s Boating, Camping and Fishing (BCF) store.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Cramp said the two young men were among a group of five people who entered Emerald shop about 12.45pm on July 31.
After browsing the fishing shirts, one of them went to the change room and CCTV footage showed Schomberg passing additional shirts to them.
A short time later they left the change room and Schomberg went in, the court heard.
Both people left the change room without any shirts in their possession, Sgt Cramp said.
The group left the store about 1pm, without any attempt to purchase items.
Schomberg and Gough re-entered the store a few minutes later and again browsed the fishing shirts and entered the change rooms, the court heard.
They were in there for a few moments and then exited the store about 1.10pm with no items in their possession.
Sgt Cramp said staff checked the change rooms but there were no clothing items there.
Police undertook a search of an Emerald address of Schomberg and Gough on August 6 in relation to the stolen items, where they located six fishing shirts later identified as stolen stock, Sgt Cramp said.
Schomberg told police he took some of them, but the others were taken by other people and given to him.
He also told police there were more stolen shirts than just those found at that address.
Both Schomberg and Gough were interviewed on August 24 where Schomberg told police he stole the shirts by putting two under his shirt, but he didn’t originally enter the store with that intention, rather he took the opportunity.
Gough said he didn’t recall leaving with shirts on him, but accepted he was part of the act.
The shirts were each valued at just under $90, the court heard.
Duty lawyer Scheryn Aspinall-Clarke said the act was “completely out of character” for Schomberg, who was just following the crowd.
She said Gough, who had previously served time in prison, was in a relationship with Schomberg’s sister and lived with their family.
Gough pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing and Schomberg pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of suspected stolen property and two counts of stealing.
Magistrate Robert Walker said the men were part of a scheme that was doomed to fail.
“Each of you want to make sure this is the last time you appear before a criminal court,” he said.
“I certainly hope we don’t see you in this situation again.”
Gough was fined $600 and Schomberg was ordered to be of good behaviour for six months. No convictions were recorded.