Man steals tools, bike

A BROKEN whipper snipper stolen from under a Gympie house in September was found by police in good working order at a pawn brokers.

When the owner noticed that the whipper snipper and a blower vacuum had gone missing, police were given the serial numbers and discovered they had been sold to a pawn broker for $60.

The payment had been made to Damien Luke Ross, who admitted to entering the yard and taking the garden tools from under the house.

It was believed he repaired the whipper snipper before selling it.

The pawn broker gave police a list of items received from Ross and police found he had stolen a drill and chainsaw from a maintenance shed at Gympie State High School.

He was charged with breaking and entering and stealing offences. In Gympie Magistrates Court this week Ross pleaded guilty to those charges plus two counts of entering a premises to commit an indictable offence as well as fraud. The court heard Ross had stolen a quad bike left in an unlocked shed by wheeling it to a nearby address.

He returned a couple of days later and took tins of paint and a BMX bike.

In Ross’ defence, solicitor Chris Anderson said at the time of offending his client had needed money for food.

Ross, of Airport Road, Monto, was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay $1060 in restitution.

No conviction was recorded.

Gympie Times

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