Warrawong serial thief loses court appeal

A Warrawong woman who served jail time for shoplifting was on parole for just two days before stealing again, a court has heard.

Serial thief Chantell Gordon failed in her bid on Friday to get her most recent prison term reduced, and was instead ordered to serve the six-month sentence imposed by Wollongong Local Court magistrate Susan McGowan.

The court heard that Gordon had been released on parole on August3 last year after serving a sentence for shoplifting. But just two days later, she was caught stealing from the Coles Express Service Station in Warrawong.

Court documents said Gordon and another woman began trying on sunglasses and beanies in the shop, before Gordon put one of each down her pants.

When confronted by the assistant, Gordon initially denied taking the items but moments later put them back and fled when she realised police had been called.

Officers viewed CCTV footage of the incident and arrested Gordon two days later in Port Kembla.

She was sentenced last November to nine months’ jail, with a non-parole period of six months, but appealed the decision.

During Friday's hearing, Gordon said she wanted a reduced sentence to spend time with her ill mother. But Judge David Frearson dismissed the appeal as having no merit.

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