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Mark Stephen Lynch was caught on CCTV with a Chupa Chub barcode on his index finger while searching his groceries at Woolworths (stock)

Shopper steals $ 1,000 from Woolworths using a simple technique – and all he needed was a Chupa Chup lollipop

  • Mark Stephen Lynch used the Chupa Chub barcode while scanning his messages
  • The 51-year-old was caught on CCTV that was handed over to the police
  • He was then arrested and allowed to use the lollipop bar code to highlight the items
  • Lynch pleaded guilty and was ordered to repay the value of $ 990.66
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A shopper stole $ 1,000 worth of groceries from Woolworths by using a technique with a Chupa Chup barcode.

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Mark Stephen Lynch was caught on CCTV with the lollipop code on his index finger while he scanned his messages at Woolworths in Roma, Queensland between March 26 and May 5.

The staff handed the images to the police, who then waited outside the store to arrest the 51-year-old.

Mark Stephen Lynch was caught on CCTV with a Chupa Chub barcode on his index finger while searching his groceries at Woolworths (stock)

Mark Stephen Lynch was caught on CCTV with a Chupa Chub barcode on his index finger while searching his groceries at Woolworths (stock)

He was taken to the police station, where he admitted that he was using the bar code of a 50c Chupa Chup while he scanned his messages & # 39;

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Lynch appeared in court on Wednesday where public prosecutor Rohan Brewster-Webb said he had stolen groceries with a total amount of $ 990.66.

He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud.

He was taken to the police station where he admitted that he had used the bar code of a 50c Chupa Chup while he scanned his messages & # 39; (stock)

He was taken to the police station where he admitted that he had used the bar code of a 50c Chupa Chup while he scanned his messages & # 39; (stock)

He was taken to the police station where he admitted that he had used the bar code of a 50c Chupa Chup while he scanned his messages & # 39; (stock)

His lawyer Clarke Graham told the court that her client had lost everything after an electrical fault burned his house to the ground. The Chronicle reported.

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She said that Lynch fully cooperated with the police and admitted his guilt despite his difficult financial situation.

Magistrate Kay Ryan accepted Lynch's hardship and ordered him to repay the $ 990.66.

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