Driver dubbed ‘thief’ for fuelling Jeep twice without paying
A Bowen magistrate has labelled a woman who drove off in her Jeep without paying for fuel twice in a few days a "thief".
Deanna Marie Stocks first fuelled up at a service station on the Peak Downs Highway on September 27 last year, putting $105.50 worth of petrol in her car.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told Bowen Magistrates Court on Tuesday Stocks then tried to pay for the fuel three times at the servo, but her card was declined.
Stocks told the attendant she was going to get cash from her car, but instead she drove off.
Sen-Constable Rowe said a few days later, on September 30, Stocks put $80.13 worth of fuel from a Bowen Caltex in the Jeep and that time, she just drove off without making any effort to pay.
Stocks was caught on CCTV and police caught up with her on November 14.
Sen-Constable Rowe said before being put in the police vehicle, Stocks was found with a meth pipe in her possession.
Stocks pleaded guilty to unauthorised dealing with shop goods and possessing utensils or pipes.
The 35-year-old woman told the court she thought she had money the first time on the Peak Downs Highway, but was mistaken.
"The second time I just wanted to get home. I was just embarrassed," Stocks said.
"I do not really have an excuse for what I did."
Stocks said she was living in Collinsville and was nursing an injured foot, but planned to return to Rockhampton when it had healed.
Magistrate James Morton called Stocks a "thief" and asked how she thought she would get away with the crimes.
Mr Morton noted Stocks had been caught with a pipe before and fronted court in Emerald not long ago.
Stocks was fined a total of $1450 and ordered to pay back the money she owed the service stations. Convictions were recorded.
"You keep driving off, you are going to run out of niceties from me," Mr Morton said.