Esperance woman sentenced for cash theft at Esperance Airport

A 53-year-old woman has been ordered to pay more than $1300 after pleading guilty to a theft at Esperance Airport.

Anastasia Stacey Ross stole $350 out of a woman’s purse on July 7, 2018. 

Ms Ross pleaded guilty to one count of stealing before Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright and was sentenced on Tuesday, September 11. 

The court heard Ms Ross was sitting three seats from a woman who was waiting for the same flight.

The victim left her seat to attend to her grandchild when Ms Ross unzipped the woman’s purse and removed $350 in cash.

Ms Ross put the purse back on the woman’s bag and went to the bathroom.

She returned to her seat and engaged in conversation with the victim.

The incident was captured on CCTV footage.

Magistrate Hills-Wright said Ms Ross had demonstrated “appalling behaviour” but concluded the act was opportunistic rather than premeditated. 

The magistrate said he understood Ms Ross was on a low income and was overcome by temptation.

Ms Ross was fined $800 and ordered to pay costs of $205.30 and to repay the $350 stolen.