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Jail for supermarket thief

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

Over one thousand dollars-worth of goods stolen from various grocery stores saw a man appear in the Bacchus Marsh magistrates court on Friday 29 March, before Magistrate Gregory Robinson.
Handcuffed and escorted by police, Gregory Aitken heard the numerous charges against him involving the theft of meat, toothbrushes and multiple tins of baby formula.
On 8 August 2017, it was alleged by the prosecution, Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker, that the accused entered a Sunbury Foodworks supermarket with an empty shopping trolley and left with $585.93 worth of meat.
“How much meat was there?” Magistrate Robinson asked stunned.
“A lot,” Prosecutor Schoemaker replied.
The prosecutor proceeded to tell the court similar offences occurred on 19 December 2017, with the accused allegedly stealing $176.75 worth of meat from Coles supermarket in Watergardens.
It was alleged Aitken stole six Oral B toothbrushes, 20 tubes of Sensodyne toothpaste and 25 tins of baby formula from Foodworks supermarket in Bacchus Marsh on 3 October 2018, the items valued at $1141.20.
Aitken returned to the same supermarket on 28 October 2018 and allegedly stole a further 16 tins of baby formula and four Oral B toothbrushes valued at $720.68.
Aitken had already served 21-days in custody prior to his hearing, Magistrate Robinson sentenced him to a further 21-days imprisonment for the thefts.
A $5610 compensation payment was also enforced by Magistrate Robinson with Aitken to be placed on a community corrections order upon his release from prison.