ON CCTV: Dad steals mattress, clothes from Vinnies
A SINGLE father caught on CCTV stealing from St Vinnies Gympie told a court he only helped his female co-offender because he was scared of her.
Quinton Marcus Vollmerhausen was filmed stealing a mattress and clothing from the store on December 23, 2019, and pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court this week.
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Security cameras caught Vollmerhausen, 32, pulling his car up outside, and waiting in it while the woman started loading it with stolen items.
Vollmerhausen said she then yelled at him to get out and help, and feeling "fearful" he put a mattress and clothing unto the car before getting back in the driver's seat.
Vollmerhausen's defence lawyer told the court his client had at one point considered driving off while the woman was stealing and leaving her there.
The woman continued piling things into the car before they drove off, and were then caught on CCTV footage at a nearby service station.
Police prosector Lisa Manns said Vollmerhausen did not "show fear" of the woman in the footage.
Before committing the offence, Vollmerhausen said the woman made him drive to a house, and wait outside while she went in with the keys, ensuring he could not leave.
When she came out, she was carrying a sword which she put in the car, before telling him to drive to the Gympie St Vinnies.
Vollmerhausen, who lives in Kingaroy, said he been in Gympie to deliver Christmas presents, and said the woman had asked for a lift home, but made him make the several stops along the way.
The court heard Vollmerhausen had been working on drilling rigs for almost 15 years, was a single father to young children, and had three children to a previous relationship who lived in NSW.
Vollmerhausen's co-offender, who had been on parole at the time and had a lengthy criminal history was sentenced previously, and served time in prison for offences including this one.
The court heard Vollmerhausen had minimal criminal history, and was fined $700 and no conviction was recorded.