A thief intent on enjoying some free liquor simply said
A thief intent on enjoying some free liquor simply said "sorry” to store staff as he walked out the door with more than $140 of Bundaberg Rum. Kevin Farmer

Man stole booze and walked out of store saying 'sorry'

A THIEF intent on enjoying some free liquor simply said "sorry" to store staff as he walked out the door with more than $140 of Bundaberg Rum.

Ipswich court heard last week that just minutes before the brazen liquor theft, Jai Elliott had walked out of a nearby supermarket with $200 of groceries he did not pay for.

Appearing in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court, Jai Russell Elliott, 28, from Goodna, pleaded guilty to two charges of stealing after a previous conviction at Collingwood Park on June 12.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Carl Spargo said Elliott had been convicted by a court on March 29 for stealing.

Then on June 12 he stole groceries valued at $200 from Woolworths at 6.30pm, filling his sports bag with groceries he had not paid for.

Constable Spargo said a suspicious store manager watched Elliott put the food into the bag and followed him when he refused to pay for the goods and walked out.

Elliott walked from Woolworths to a BWS liquor store where he picked up two bottles of Bundaberg rum valued at $142.

When spoken to just before 7pm Elliott said "Sorry", but left the store with the two bottles of rum.

It was not until September 10 that police finally spoke to Elliott.

Magistrate Kurt Fowler sentenced Elliott to two concurrent sentences of three months' jail with immediate eligibility to begin his parole application.


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