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Prominent SA figure caught on CCTV taking $280 handbag



A prominent South Australian figure has been captured on CCTV taking a handbag and jumper.

Leah York, the Australian Education Union state branch secretary, can be seen picking up a $280 handbag and walking out of the door with it in CCTV footage released by the store.

York's team said she meant to pay for the bag, and she did so after the footage was posted to the store's social media.

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But three minutes before the bag was taken, she could be seen adding a jumper to the bag, which is still visible on CCTV under the handbag when she leaves the shop.

The Education Union said in a statement it was concerned by the videos and would hold an urgent meeting on Thursday night to discuss its response.

York, who reportedly earns more than $200,000 a year, told 9News she had taken leave for health reasons and resigned from her position on the board of Funds South Australia.

The board controls the state's $30 billion superannuation fund for public sector workers.

Police have not charged York with any crime but are looking into the alleged incident.

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Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said reporting alleged theft was up to the "individual businesses".

"We would certainly encourage people to report to police and provide those videos to police so we can investigate and hold people accountable," Stevens said.

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