A man charged with shoplifting was told that with his criminal record, it's more offences that he "can't afford".
Joseph Christopher Cowen, aged 47, of Mortimer Street, Mudgee, was sentenced to an 18-month Community Correction Order and ordered to pay compensation of $209 and $30 to the two businesses involved.
On March 26, 2019, Cowen took a small LCD television from a Mudgee electronics store by concealing it in his jacket and leaving. Then on March 31 he stole six beers from a local bottle-shop - again using his jacket - doing so within the store's cool room and exiting, even after being questioned by a staff member as he left.
Both incidents were captured on the respective businesses' CCTV footage. Furthermore, police noticed that during the latter offence Cowan's jacket appeared to have a bag inside in order to keep the cans from being visible and falling out.
Magistrate Alexander Mijovich told the defendant that with his history "you're in a position where you can't afford any more offences".