A 20-year-old man stole goods from Lifeline he found outside the donation bins in August.
A 20-year-old man stole goods from Lifeline he found outside the donation bins in August.

Desperate thief helps himself to charity goods

DONATED charity goods didn’t make it inside the desired op-shop in a daylight theft where a man filled a trolley full of clothes and took off.

Police spotted Michael-John Andrew Brooks, 20, walking with the trolley full of goods on August 5, leaving the rifled remains in his wake near the donation bins of a Lifeline store.

When questioned, Brooks told police he thought he could take the items as they weren’t inside the bins.

Among the stolen goods were clothes, a block of knives and other items.

Police also found a small knife in his shoe he claimed was for “protection” from people coming after him.

He pleaded guilty at Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Friday to stealing and possessing a knife in public.

Duty lawyer Lachlan Ygoa-McKeown said the Maroochydore man “needed” the items for his everyday life.

He was fined $350 and no conviction was recorded.