Man convicted of copper theft

THE lure of easy money was too tempting for a Maryborough man, who was sentenced to 240 hours’ community service for stealing copper from three businesses and selling it to scrap metal traders.

Mark Stephen Wade first stole copper wire from an Ergon Energy substation at Widgee in October 2009.

He cut a hole in a fence to gain entry to the substation and then stole a large quantity of copper. Wade took the copper to a Maryborough scrap metal business and sold it for about $1500.

In February he did it again. Wade broke into a Maryborough site occupied by Paterson Demolition and Recycling on February 12.

It wasn’t very difficult - all he had to do was push open an unlocked gate.

He stole some copper and then returned the next day to do it again.

Another trip to a Maryborough scrap metal business returnedhim $395.

Just days later Wade had reached the South Burnett town of Goomeri, where he twice broke into Bill Giles Plumbing and stole about $2500 worth of copper piping. He was caught trying to sell the copper to a Kilkivan scrap metal merchant on February 19.

Wade, 25, made full admissions to police. He pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to five counts of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence and three counts of fraud. Solicitor Travis George said Wade did not have any previous criminal history and had co-operated fully with police.

Wade was sentenced to 240 hours’ community service, disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay restitution to Paterson Demolition and Recycling and to Ergon Energy.

Gympie Times


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