Serial petrol thief caught

A SERIAL petrol thief who rorted servos from Gympie to Bundaberg has been ordered to pay back the money he owes.

Daniel Mark Simpkin pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to six counts of shoplifting after he filled up with fuel and then drove off from petrol stations at Kybong Hervey Bay, Torbanlea and Bundaberg.

His efforts, in June and July this year, netted him more than $200 worth of unleaded petrol.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll said on each occasion Simpkin had made “no attempt to walk in and pay for the fuel”.

He stole $25 worth of unleaded fuel from the Mobil Airport Roadhouse at Avoca, near Bundaberg, on June 26. Then on June 29, he filled up with $35 worth of unleaded fuel at the Matilda Truck and Travel Stop on the Bruce Highway at Kybong, south of Gympie.

Again he drove off without paying. The following day, Simpkin again stole petrol, driving off from a Caltex servo in Bourbong Street, Bundaberg.

On that occasion, he’d put 41.19 litres of unleaded fuel in his vehicle worth $52.68, the court was told. He also stole $50 worth of fuel from the United service station in Hervey Bay on July 1.

Simpkin’s run of crime continued the following week, when he made off with $51.29 from the BP in north Bundaberg and then $25 from the one at Torbanlea.

Defence lawyer Kellie Grainger told the court Simpkin had fallen on hard times after losing his job due to the economic downturn.

He had later found work fruit picking in the Childers area but because he was low on funds and needed to get to work, he decided to take the fuel without paying.

He had since returned to one of the stores and paid them back. Simpkin was fined $900 and ordered him to pay $213.97

Gympie Times

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