Man steals from Rainbow Beach tourist
STEALING from a French tourist visiting Rainbow Beach was not the best way for Michael Wayne Eadie to welcome an international visitor to the region.
Eadie, 38, a Rainbow Beach resident, appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court Monday pleading guilty to a charge of stealing.
The court heard on December 2 at about 4pm, a French tourist was having dinner at a picnic shelter.
As the tourist returned to her van to pack away her belongings, a handbag left at the shelter, containing $50, a phone and charger, was stolen.
The tourist reported the theft to the police as her passport and other documents were also in the handbag.
A day later, the handbag was found in an alley and the money, phone and charger were missing. CCTV footage accessed by police showed the defendant under the camera.
Magistrate Maxine Baldwin explained the party provision law as Eadie was not the sole participant in the theft.
Eadie was fined $330, referred to SPER, and ordered to pay $50 restitution on or before February 10. A conviction was recorded.