Fine for alcohol thief

IT is often said that crime doesn’t pay and a matter before the local court this week has again proven the old adage.

A man who went on a stealing spree targeting liquor outlets while on a road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay was handed a hefty fine after he was found guilty of four shoplifting offences.

Geoffrey Ferguson, 21, of Surry Hills, has paid dearly for the theft of five bottles of alcohol on April 28 between Sydney and Port Macquarie.

Handed a $876 fine plus a criminal record, just paying for the bottles en-route would have been a much wiser choice.

Setting out on his road trip, Ferguson stole two bottles of vodka in Woolloomooloo.

Then at Raymond Terrace, he grabbed a bottle of Frangelico and bottle of bourbon, capping of his stealing spree with another bottle of vodka stolen in Port Macquarie.

His run came to an end on the Pacific Highway when he was arrested by police.



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