Sausage roll theft earns year in prison

IT WAS the world's most expensive sausage roll.

The theft of a sausage roll proved to be the last straw for Susan Lynette Hedegaard, who received a 12-month prison sentence, in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Hedegaard lasted only five days into a six-month suspended sentence for stealing, handed down on April 3, when she was caught trying to steal solar-powered wind chimes and a light from Bunnings in Pialba.

Two weeks later, Hedegaard stole the sausage roll from IGA in Urraween and was held in custody.

And after she pleaded guilty in court after spending 50 days in pre-sentence custody, Magistrate Graeme Tatnell reached the end of his patience.

He acknowledged imprisonment might seem harsh, but was the only possible sentence when Hedegaard's criminal history was taken into account - four pages of theft offences. "You know every shopkeeper in Hervey Bay is looking out for you, don't you?" asked an exasperated Mr Tatnell.

Hedegaard will be eligible for parole on August 23.

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