Man busted by staff after stuffing energy drink down pants

SHOVING a can of energy drink down his pants at a supermarket ended badly for a Maryborough teen after he was busted by staff.

Michael Scott Spry, 17, appeared before Maryborough Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to one charge of unauthorised dealing with shop goods.

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The court heard Spry, who represented himself in court, entered the Foodworks supermarket in Bell Hilltop and took a $2 can of Mother energy drink from the fridge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Spry was approached by Foodworks staff about the can as he left the store.

Spry told them he had returned the drink to the fridge.

After he left, the staff saw the can had not been returned and footage "clearly depicts him putting the drink down his pants," Sgt Stagoll said.

She said Spry had made admissions about his actions when he was spoken to later by police.

Spry sat quietly as the facts were read out by Sgt Stagoll.

Magistrate John Smith asked if he was receiving any benefits and Spry said he was receiving a Newstart allowance.

Spry was ordered to pay $2 in restitution to Foodworks and was fined $500.

A conviction was recorded.



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