An $800 fine for stealing steaks

A BATHURST region woman who tried to steal meat and dog treats has been fined $800 after her matter was heard in court.

Ruth Anne Akers, 45, of Fish Parade, Gorman’s Hill, did not appear in Orange Local Court when she was sentenced for stealing $75.30 worth of groceries from an Orange supermarket.

According to the police facts, 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 and conducted a search.

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.