Stolen bag charge withdrawn

Possess goods in custody

Fraud, Theft, Property & Dishonesty OffencesJames* was out drinking with his friends one night when police questioned him about his bag. The bag was a small women’s style bag and the security tag was still on it.

While trying to explain to the police that it is his bag, he told them that the bag cost him 30 Euros and that he didn’t notice that the bag security tag wasn’t removed until he landed back in Australia. He had no inclination to remove the tag as that bag was unavailable to buy within Australia.

Nevertheless, police charged James with ‘possess goods in custody, contrary to s527C of the Crimes Act 1900’.

James actually purchased the bag overseas in Spain while on holiday. As a keen fashion student, the European bag was not an unusual statement piece.

Charge withdrawn

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors were able to successfully have the charge withdrawn. James was able to provide proof that he purchased the bag while on holiday in Spain.

*We change names to protect the privacy of our clients.

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors are able to pursue your possible claim anywhere in Australia. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 02 9261 4281 or by email at

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Sydney NSW 2000

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