Fresh twist in viral Supercheap Auto incident: 'No attempt to pay'

·News Reporter
·2-min read

The woman who was accused of stealing from a Supercheap Auto store on the Gold Coast last month is being investigated by police as CCTV footage of her actions is released.

The incident went viral online after a video showed an employee approaching the woman outside the Southport Nerang Road store, suspecting she'd smuggled stolen goods in a pram she was pushing.

Despite successfully retrieving items from her pram, the worker was 'stood down' following the incident with Supercheap Auto claiming it's "standard practice after an event of this nature".

CCTV footage from Southport Nerang Road Supercheap Auto store in the Gold Coast showing woman stealing
Police are investigating the theft after CCTV footage shows the woman placing the items in her pram without paying for them. Source: Queensland Police Service

Luckily, the Gold Coast man was inundated with job offers from companies praising his efforts, and he happily accepted a position at Autobarn, in nearby Burleigh Heads.

Police are now investigating the matter further, despite initially not having received a complaint about the incident, and a new detail has helped crack open the case.

CCTV footage from inside the Gold Coast store shows the woman pushing a pram with a blue blanket draped over the top.

At one point, police allege the woman "conceals two disc-rotors in the pram".

Woman makes 'no attempt to pay for the items,' police say

Police told Yahoo News Australia they're investigating "the theft of two disc-rotors".

"Around 3.30pm, a woman with a pram attended the Southport Nerang Road store and concealed two disc-rotors in the pram, under a blanket," they said in a statement.

"The woman then left the store, making no attempt to pay for the items. A male employee confronted the woman outside the store and retrieved the stolen items, before the woman fled the scene."

Despite the heated confrontation, police say no one was injured.

The Supercheap Auto shop worker who stopped the woman from stealing items in her pram was stood down. Source: Facebook
The Supercheap Auto shop worker who stopped the woman from stealing items in her pram was stood down. Source: Facebook

Protecting team members in the line of duty

In a statement provided to Yahoo News Australia earlier this month, Supercheap Auto said it has completed a comprehensive review into the incident.

"Following the review, we have reminded all team members about the importance of the company’s policies and standards on interacting with customers, which are designed to protect our team members and customers," a spokesperson said.

"We have extensive video surveillance in our stores and suspected cases of shoplifting are referred to the police with footage of the alleged offenders."

Police are investigating the incident that occurred outside Supercheap Auto in Ashmore on the Gold Coast. Source: Google Maps
Police are investigating the incident that occurred outside Supercheap Auto in Ashmore on the Gold Coast. Source: Google Maps

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter and download the Yahoo News app from the App Store or Google Play.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting