A man who distracted staff while his partner and her children left a shop with almost $1700 of stolen goods has been jailed for more than a year.
Jamie Stuart Kelly (41) appeared before the Dunedin District Court yesterday on eight charges racked up in the space of a month and a-half.
After a failed attempt to leave a supermarket with a trolley full of groceries, the defendant and his then partner Kirsty-Lee Tobin went to The Warehouse in Maclaggan St on June 30.
Kelly loaded the trolley with a 49-inch television, a duvet set and a toaster.
After a nerf gun was later added, Tobin’s two children grabbed a basketball each.
As they left the store, Kelly spoke to a staff member to divert their attention.
Tobin’s decision to involve her children in the crime was lambasted by Judge Michael Crosbie, who sentenced her last month to three months’ community detention