A KLEPTOMANIAC who stole lamb chops and lamingtons from a Warrnambool supermarket has been jailed.
Kathryn Keirl, 49, of Nicholson Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to two counts of theft from shops.
She was convicted, fined $500, will remain on a community corrections order and three days of a previously suspended 14-day suspended sentence will now be served.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said it was unacceptable for anyone to take things that did not belong to them.
He said Keirl had a very significant criminal history but it appeared she lacked the resolve to take the steps to avoid offending and a term of imprisonment was warranted despite her age and medical condition.
The magistrate said a report indicated that Keirl used her diagnosis as a shield for her continued offending and did not seem to be taking her offending seriously.
He said a three-day jail sentence would not be disastrous but would act as a reminder of the seriousness of the offending both now and in the future.
Police said Keirl went to the Swintons supermarket about 3.30pm on July 24 and put five packets of lamb chops valued at $25.43 in her handbag, paying for another packet before leaving the store.
She returned to the supermarket about two hours later with a grandchild and stole a $9.98 packet of lamingtons.
When Keirl left the store she was detained by staff and became verbally and racially abusive before police arrived.
Officers then found the stolen chops in her car and she made full admissions to her offending, saying she was having treatment for kleptomania.
Mr Klestadt said it was the third time Keirl had appeared in the Warrnambool court this year. Despite her diagnosis, he said she also stole for financial gain and a community corrections order had not helped change her attitude.