'Can't remember': Popular Gladstone tradie's stolen items uncovered
IT WAS not a case of all signs lead to Jack's place but when Gladstone police dropped by the house of Jack Crouch, officers found an orange traffic cone and an obviously out-of-place street sign, Jacks Road.
"He can't remember when he exactly stole it," police prosecutor Barry Stevens told Gladstone Magistrates Court after the 20-year-old tradie pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to stealing the sign and bright orange traffic cone.
Sergeant Stevens said the Jacks Road sign came from Gin Gin, and the cone with letters GRC apparently owned by Gladstone Regional Council.
However, Sgt Stevens said although it was being dealt with in the Magistrates Court, it was a matter under the Juvenile Justice Act because Crouch, now 20, was likely to have been a juvenile when he came into possession of the street sign.
Police found the items when searching his Kin Kora house on August 15, Crouch allegedly telling officers he stole the sign around 2012.
"He had located it on a pole on the ground. He can't remember how he came into possession of the cone but thought it likely it is Gladstone Regional Council," Sgt Stevens said.
Lawyer Jun Pepito sought a good behaviour bond for Crouch, an electrician.
Magistrate Ho placed Crouch on a four month good behaviour bond with $300 own recognisance. No conviction was recorded.