Category: Stealing / Larceny Offences

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One Nation Senator Referred to High Court


Australian attorney-general George Brandis announced on Wednesday that the Coalition plans to refer One Nation senator Rod Culleton to a High Court probe on Monday. The investigation will consider whether the Western Australian senator was eligible to be elected to parliament. A former associate of Culleton’s, Bruce Bell filed an action against the senator on …
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Beware: Supermarket Giants Are Cracking Down on Shoplifting


Fed up with shoppers stealing from its self-serve checkouts, supermarket giant Coles is considering the introduction of new technology to tackle shoplifting. The proposed new scanning machines will use advanced recognition software to identify specific fruits at vegetables by their weight and image. While Coles is yet to confirm the roll-out, it has expressed concerns …
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The Profile of a Shoplifter


There has been a great deal of media attention on the recent rise in supermarket shoplifting, with this form of larceny being made easier by the advent of self-serve checkouts. ANU criminologist Emmeline Taylor says anonymous surveys suggest that up to one-third of shoppers knowingly manipulated self-serve checkouts. But omitted from the discussion is the …
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Controlling Youth Crime: Victorian Summit May Lead to Results


Crime and youth experts have attended a Victoria Police Summit aimed at addressing issue of youth violence. The Summit was held in response to a spike in property and violent crimes – including car jackings, burglaries and larceny offences – with police struggling to control a small group of repeat offenders. Youth Crime Speaking at …
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Criminal Conviction a Problem for One Nation Senator


This week started with drama for newly elected Western Australian senator, Rodney Culleton, when he was arrested on Monday by Armidale police. The story so far… There has been an outstanding warrant for the Senator’s arrest for several months, issued because he failed to attend court over the alleged theft of a $7.50 car key. …
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KickAss Torrents Kicked Out of the Market


The man behind a popular file-sharing site is the subject of criminal charges in the US for copyright infringement and money laundering. 30-year-old Ukrainian, Artem Vaulin, is alleged to be the mastermind behind Kickass Torrents or ‘KAT’. Vaulin has been arrested in Poland, accused of distributing over $US1 billion worth of illegally copied content. “In …
Supermarket

Shoplifting: Easier to Commit and Justify than Ever Before


Criminologists are concerned that self-service checkouts are gradually normalising the act of shoplifting. Easier to Steal Professor Larry Neale from Queensland University of Technology’s business school believes the absence of humans at every checkout makes the act of stealing easier on both a physical and psychological level. “Self-serve checkouts provide that distance between you and …
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If It Smells Like Sh#%, You Must Acquit


How could anyone forget American defence lawyer Johnny Cochran’s legendary line, ‘If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit’? There are all sorts of explanations about why the glove produced as an exhibit during the trial of OJ Simpson didn’t fit – he stopped his arthritis medication in the lead-up to the trial, he saved his best …
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Do I Look Good in This? Man Sentenced for Stealing Barristers’ Outfit


The CCTV footage shows a man dressed as a barrister walking along the corridors of Geelong Magistrates Court, which would not normally cause any concern. But the problem is, it is the middle of the night, and the man in robes is not a barrister. It is a 33-year old Geelong man, Leigh Hansen, who …
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Examples of Why Crime Doesn’t Pay


Just for laughs, we’ve rounded up some of the funniest (attempted) offences from around the globe. 1. A low high A trio of thieves breaking into a home discovered three jars of cocaine, and couldn’t believe their luck! They took it home and snorted the contents… and this was the moment they discovered they’d stolen …