A shopper stole $1,000 worth of groceries from Woolworths by using a technique with a Chupa Chup barcode.
Mark Stephen Lynch was caught on CCTV using the lollipop code on his index finger as he scanned through his groceries at Woolworths in Roma, Queensland between March 26 and May 5.
Staff handed the footage to the police, who then waited outside the store to arrest the 51-year-old.
He was taken to the police station where he admitted to using the bar code of a 50c Chupa Chup while ‘scanning’ his groceries.
Lynch appeared in court on Wednesday where prosecutor Rohan Brewster-Webb said he stole groceries totalling up to $990.66.
He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud.
His solicitor Claire Graham told the court her client had lost everything after an electrical fault burned his house to the ground, The Chronicle reported.
She said Lynch fully cooperated with police and admitted his guilt despite his difficult financial situation.
Magistrate Kay Ryan accepted Lynch’s hardships and ordered him to pay the $990.66 back.