CRIMES:  Mother-of-five Cassandra Schafer, 37, stole $600 worth of perfumes and got her kids to wheel away a trolley loaded with $800 worth of groceries.
CRIMES: Mother-of-five Cassandra Schafer, 37, stole $600 worth of perfumes and got her kids to wheel away a trolley loaded with $800 worth of groceries. Ross

'Training up offenders': Mother recruits kids in store theft

MUM-of-five Cassandra Schafer has an apparent love of expensive perfume.

She was busted stealing $617 worth from David Jones.

An Ipswich magistrate also criticised her for using some of her children to help wheel away $800 worth of groceries from a supermarket.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Schafer, 37, who suffers an addiction to the drug ice, that it was very concerning not only to steal such a large quantity of the groceries but to do it using her children.

"It is concerning to expose children to this," Ms Sturgess said. "It is training up another generation of offenders."

Cassandra May Schafer from Redbank, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to 15 charges that included three counts of stealing; unauthorised dealing with shop goods; entering premises by break to steal; possession of dangerous drugs; possession of drug utensils; possession of anything used in the commission of a drug crime; and contravening a probation order.

Police prosecutor Ricky Tsoi said Schafer did one stealing offence the day after being sentenced on three other offences of dishonesty, where she received a nine-month probation order.

The new charges breached the order. In those previous matters she stole $248 worth of groceries, a $199 backpack and a ladies handbag and purse worth $199.

One new offence before the court involved Schafer, with a male co-offender, breaking into a service station at Goodna on January 13 to steal copper piping.

In another theft she stole toys valued at $42.

Mr Tsoi said she was found on August 18 with six bags of methylamphetamine and six syringes.

A medical document before the court states Schafer has been off ice for between four and six weeks, with Schafer saying "she is no longer in contact with the dealers".

Ms Sturgess said she would release Schafer to immediate parole and she would have to do drug tests.

"If you are spending your money on drugs then you will have no money for your children," Ms Sturgess said.

"If you are stealing to pay for drugs then it's a big problem not only for you but for the community."

Ms Sturgess told Schafer her theft of $800 worth of groceries was "brazen".

"Your children were pushing the loaded trolley," she said.

Schafer was sentenced to six months jail with immediate release to parole.