Compensation payment ordered at Cowra Local Court

A 31-year-old Cowra woman has been given 12 month good behaviour bonds and ordered to pay $140.92 in compensation to a local service station at Cowra Local Court.

Rachel Sandra Hood of Fitzroy Avenue was before the court charged with larceny, dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage and possession of a prohibited drug.

According to police facts on May 16, Hood’s victim noticed a number of unauthorized transactions on her bank account at several locations including a Cowra service station.

Around 12 midday police attended the service station to recover CCTV footage of the times the card was used.

The footage showed three occasions of Hood using the card to purchase food, cigarettes and drinks. On May 25, police spoke to Hood about the use of the card however she denied knowing anything about it.

When police informed her about the CCTV footage, Hood admitted to using the card saying she had “money problems”.

Around 2.45pm on July 23, Hood entered a retail store. During her time in the store. she walked up and down several aisles before returning to the counter to purchase storage containers, while at the counter staff asked if they could inspect Hood’s handbag.

Hood refused and left the store. Staff checked CCTV footage, which showed Hood placing items in her handbag. Staff then gave the footage to police.

Around 5.15pm, while patrolling, Cowra police stopped Hood and questioned her about the incident. Hood admitted to stealing a number of items from the store and gave them back to police.

Hood was also stopped by police on July 25 for traffic offences. During this stop police discovered 1.1 grams of cannabis in the vehicle.