This woman managed to steal $4,500 worth of groceries

By Steph N February 15, 2017
Coles_Warwick Daily News

Next time you're considering scanning that avocado as a brown onion, think of this woman

News has broken of a major scam playing out within the aisles of Coles and Woolworths stores in Queensland this week. 

Kylie Milner, a 35-year-old mother from Ipswich, Queensland has been caught after stealing over $4,500 worth of groceries from the supermarket chains. 

According to reports from The Queensland Times, Milner manipulated the self-serve system by photocopying barcodes from 65c and 72c packets of noodles, printed them out and then stuck them over the true barcodes of more expensive items like meat, coffee machines and protein powder. In total, police report that there were 31 accounts of Milner stealing from supermarkets with this method. 

Milner was caught in the act, however, by an employee who noticed she seemed “nervous” when shopping in the self-serve aisle. 

The Queensland Times reported that during the trial Milner’s lawyer explained that she had been "struggling financially" and that her actions were driven “largely by need rather than greed”.

Milner was sentenced to nine months behind bars for her offence and was ordered to pay $3,615 back to Coles and Woolworths along with a fine of $150. 

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