Court hears parcel pick up was illegal

A 23 year-old woman who picked up a parcel not intended for her, from the Cowra Post Office has been placed on an 18 month Community Corrections Order.

The woman, Chloe Maree Pearce, was also involved in the larceny of a mobile phone from Big W at Young, drove while disqualified and drove with an illicit drug in her system.

In addition to be placed on the order Pearce, of Philips Street in Cowra, was also ordered to undertake drug rehabilitation.

Pearce, the court heard, was involved in obtaining financial advantage by deception on February 16 this year when she collected a parcel not belonging to her from Cowra Post Office.

When the owner of the parcel arrived to collect it she was told Pearce had already collected the item. She was shown CCTV of the collection but did not recognise her.

The CCTV was then shown to Cowra police who recognised Pearce.

When spoken to Pearce claimed to be friends with the parcel's rightful owner but the victim told police, in a statement, that she did not know Pearce.

In relation to the larceny offence the court was told Pearce had taken a mobile phone from Big W at Young after she and a co-accused distracted a staff member at the store.

Her co-accused, the court heard in facts tendered, had removed a mobile phone from its security casing which was manually replaced by a staff member.

The staff member then engaged with the two who showed interest in purchasing a different mobile phone.

Pearce was alleged to have placed the first mobile phone in her handbag. She then left the store while her co-accused continued to converse with the staff member.

The phone was valued at $679.

Staff at Big W noticed the phone missing the next day.

Pearce and her co-accused were recognised by Young police who viewed CCTV of the incident

Pearce claimed she had panicked while leaving the store and had thrown the phone under shelving at the store.

Also charged with driving with an illicit drug in her system Pearce was convicted and fined $500 as well as being disqualified from driving for six months.

Charged with driving while suspended she was fined a further $400 and disqualified from driving for six months.

A possession of cannabis leaf charge resulted in a conviction, with no further penalty, for Pearce.

Pearce entered guilty pleas to all offences.

Sentencing Pearce, Magistrate Phillip Stewart told her "You'd do well to get into rehabilitation and do something about your drug problem before the court does".