Couple's sneaky Bunnings scam involving child exposed
A SCAM to steal goods from Kingaroy Bunnings has been exposed after vigilant staff realised what the sneaky couple were up to.
With a child in tow, Sean Mark Parry and Renata Densworth attended Kingaroy Bunnings on June 29.
Parry purchased two whipper snippers valued at $518, exited the store and handed the receipt to a child.
The child returned into the shop and handed the receipt to Densworth, who then took two more whipper snippers and used that receipt as proof of purchase to exit the store with the stolen items.
Police prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said they repeated the procedure the following day with a $299 chainsaw.
"While neither of them have any history, to use a child and to have planned this heightens the offence," he said.
Defence lawyer Tom Carr said Densworth comes from Victoria and was visiting Parry during the school holidays.
"They were shopping at Bunnings and Mr Parry had the idea of buying an item, using the receipt as proof of purchase and taking another item," he said.
"He convinced Miss Densworth to take part and since it was successful, they tried it again on the second day."
Bunnings staff became suspicious of the couple and police were called to the store.
Mr Carr said Parry, 39, and Densworth, 36, were courteous and cooperative with the police and the Bunnings employees who caught them.
The stolen items were returned intact.
Magistrate Louisa Pink lauded Parry for taking responsibility.
"It seems Miss Densworth has foolishly allowed herself to be drawn into it," she said.
"But involving a child in criminal activity is disgraceful conduct."
Parry was fined $900 and Densworth was fined $300 for two counts of stealing each.
The convictions were not recorded.