Courier sells stolen goods
A MAN who held a position as a courier appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on two charges of stealing in transit.
Jamie John Pershouse pleaded guilty to the charges.
Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court police attended a transport company in Gladstone after complaints one of their employees was stealing goods.
Pershouse took police to his car where he showed them a Makita battery charger and two Makita batteries which he had stolen off his employer.
The goods were valued at $648.30.
Part of Pershouse’s job also included attending a courier warehouse each day and picking up and delivering items to Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.
Pershouse was trusted by the courier company to pick up only the parcels for his company and he did not have to sign for any of the parcels.
However, Pershouse starting taking parcels that were for other businesses and on-selling them to make a profit.
Over a period of several months Pershouse admitted to stealing nine laptops and selling them for $100 to $150 each totalling $1150.
The court heard he mainly sold them to strangersin pubs.
Pershouse has a long history of break-and-enter and drug offences, the court was told.
Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client could not resist the temptation of the opportunistic thefts.
“He cooperated with the police and they wouldn’t have even known about the laptops if my client hadn’t owned up to them,” Mr Krebs said.
The 23-year-old labourer was fined $2500 or 30 days in jail with convictions recorded.
He was ordered to repay $648.30 for the battery charger and batteries within six months, or get eight days in jail.
Police were unable to discover who the rightful owners of the computers were.
Also in court, a man who fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without a licence on demerit points suspension.
Damien Allen Enticknap was taken to hospital after he rolled his car at Iveragh and didn’t know his licence was suspended until police told him.
The accident happened at 5.30am on July 9 on the Bruce Highway.
The court was told he had a long history of speeding offences and had accumulated 17 demerit points over a fairly short period. Enticknap was fined $275, or four days in jail, and disqualified from driving for six months.
A conviction was recorded.