Store owner chases shoplifter

Owner of Rockhampton’s My Sister’s House, Nicole Gillespie, fell victim to an attack after she caught a woman stealing from her store.
Owner of Rockhampton’s My Sister’s House, Nicole Gillespie, fell victim to an attack after she caught a woman stealing from her store. Sharyn O'Neill

ALWAYS wear flat shoes to work.

That's the advice Nicole Gillespie is giving other Rockhampton business owners, after she chased down the woman who stole from her store earlier this year.

Jade Parks appeared before the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to two charges of stealing and one of common assault.

The 20-year-old and a co-offender stole $220 in jewellery from East St store My Sister's House about 1.45pm on April 10, the court heard.

Ms Gillespie was doing bookwork in a back office at the time, but when an employee told her of the incident she took matters into her own hands.

Ms Gillespie found the women in a nearby store and confronted Parks.

She returned the jewellery and Ms Gillespie asked the women to stay put while she called the police.

"When I came back they'd taken off," she said.

The court heard Ms Gillespie chased the women to a small arcade, where Parks then attacked her.

Parks growled at Ms Gillespie, before grabbing her throat and pulling her hair.

"I managed to push her down on the ground and then the police came," she said.

The court heard Parks had also stolen temporary tattoos from a Crazy Clarks store earlier that day.

Parks was fined $1000 and a conviction was recorded.

Ms Gillespie said she didn't regret her actions, but knew it was hard for business owners to confront shoplifters.

"Be on your guard and always report it," she said.

Topics:  assault rockhampton rockhampton magistrates court stealing

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse

A beast in the main arena at the 2012 Ekka.

Police praise boy for testimony of man's abuse and sex with a cow

DPI puts Dolphin Marine Magic 'all but out of business'

A battle over seal enclosures at Dolphin Marine Magic threatens the facility's ability to stay open, Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser warns.

DPI crackdown a threat to Dolphin Marine Magic, warns MP

Jethro Tull is back to Bluesfest

ICONIC: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at Bluesfest 2011.

Jethro Tull returns to Bluesfest next April

Local Partners

Back with Love and Violence

REUNITED, re-energised and ready to rock 'n' roll, The Superjesus are back after 13 years of recording silence with a new EP, Love and Violence.

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

New acts announced for Falls Byron Bay

Northeast Party House are a six piece alternative dance rock band from Melbourne.

Seven new acts have been added to the line up

Xavier Rudd, Cat Empire announce joint tour

Australian singer songwriter Xavier Rudd at Bluesfest 2015.

Two of Australia's most outstanding live acts to tour together

Brad Pitt won't file legal response to divorce petition

Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge