News

Stressed mum who went on stealing spree lands in jail

A TOOWOOMBA mum who went on a stealing spree as a way of dealing with stresses in her life has been jailed.

Katrina Ann Taylor had targeted stores in Grand Central Shopping Centre from which she stole a range of cosmetics, clothing and costume jewellery over two days in September last year.

On each occasion she had removed packaging before placing the items in her handbag and walking out without paying, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

She was captured by store CCTV cameras, police prosecutor Julia Wheaton told the court.

In March last year, a concerned woman motorist had stopped to pick up Taylor who was dressed in pyjamas and walking on a Sunshine Coast road, Senior Constable Wheaton said.

The victim had been recharging her $984 mobile phone in the car at the time which Taylor had taken when the woman stopped to get and pay for fuel.

The victim hadn't noticed her phone missing until, out of concern, she went to call police after dropping off her passenger a short distance away, the court heard.

When spoken to by police in July, Taylor said she hadn't been on the Sunshine Coast for two years but investigations found she had absconded from a hospital just before being picked up by the woman victim, Snr Const. Wheaton said.

Taylor appeared in custody to plead guilty to all matters as well as to transferring $2450 from her then Toowoomba employer's account into her own in December last year which she had since repaid.

Her solicitor Claire Graham said her client had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and had committed the offences due to stresses in her life at the time.

Noting she had a history of offending, Magistrate Roger Stark declared 33 days she had spent in custody as time served and sentenced Taylor to six months in jail, to be released on parole on May 16.

Topics:  court stealing stress disorder toowoomba


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Meet Gatton's gorgeous cop and stunner girlfriend

Mason Jago and his girlfriend Tayla Lange.

We talk dogs, day-trips and community policing with Constable Mason

Motoring buffs experience 'unreal' trek

ROLLING ON OUT: More than 50 vintage tractors rolled out of Gatton on Saturday morning for a weekend enjoying nature and camaraderie.

Sel Hawley hasn't let age stop him having a bash around the bush.

Barber Lisle Thomas still as sharp as ever on Gatton return

LEGACY: Lisle Thomas returns to the Gatton barber shop where he started working in 1952 as a 13-year-old, to present an old photo to current owner of Pete's Barber Shop, Natalie Cannan.

Lisle Thomas returned to the Gatton barber shop where it all began.

Local Partners

Fancy a head full of Coldplay on Samsung VR?

Coldplay fans will be able to enjoy the supergroup's A Head Full of Dreams Tour live in virtual reality from Chicago’s Soldier Field on Friday.

CMC ROCKS: Organisers reveal 2018 festival dates

CMC Rocks will return to Willowbank in March, 2018.

Country music fans mark these dates in your calendar

MOVIE REVIEW: Cinderella story classic comedy of errors

Toni Collette in a scene from the movie Madame.

EVERY time Toni Collette does comedy, a fairy takes flight.

Nikki responds to rumours she’s now dating Richie

Nikki Gogan, Richie Strahan and Alex Nation on The Bachelor.

Bachelor runner-up has responded to rumours she’s now dating Richie.

The Dark Tower review round-up

Idris Elba and Tom Taylor in a scene from the movie The Dark Tower.

Stephen King adaptation disappoints both newbies and fans.

WATCH: Johann Ofner's run on Australia’s Ninja Warrior

Johann Ofner on Ninja Warrior

Ofner’s girlfriend, model Kati Garnett, shared a montage of series

‘Lose 10 kilos in two weeks’

Be Fit Food founders Kate Save and Dr Geoff Draper.

A WEIGHT loss meal plan sparked a bidding war on Shark Tank.

Developer tears up couple's contract for new home

Jade and Edward Roberts were stung by the sunset clause on the first day of their honeymoon.

The developer has the right to do this under the sunset clause

Reports of Ibrahim family connections to farm and food hub

John Ibrahimat Bluesfest 2012.

REPORTS circulate colourful Sydney family have investments on the NR

Stunning, heritage-listed Coast home going under the hammer

STUNNING: Buderim House, a stunning heritage-listed Queenslander estate, is going to auction.

Coast home that played host to royalty is set for auction

Internet king Kim Dotcom house-hunting

Kim Dotcom and his partner Elizabeth Donnelly have apparently been in Queenstown scoping out houses. Photo / Kim Dotcom

Dotcom tweeted pictures and video of himself and partner Elizabeth Donnelly

First home deposits hits $200k for some

Call for Reserve Bank limits to be scrapped for new buyers

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!