Thief stung over spree

MUSTERER-turned-tool thief Codie Manfred must pay more than $8000 compensation as his share of a $24,000 crime spree Gladstone police say he committed with two mates.

Manfred, 21, pleaded guilty to eight charges of breaking into various business worksites and stealing equipment in February.

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer told Gladstone Magistrates Court that Manfred and two other males broke into the premises of National Parks, Recreation and Sport, Aurizon, Gladstone Area Water Board, BMD Constructions, and Bechtel.

  • WHERE THE CRIME SPREE HIT: Gladstone Area Water Board, Aurizon, National Parks, BMD Constructions, Bechtel

Holes were cut through chain-wire fences, padlocks cut, and demountables entered on worksites at Yarwun, Rosslyn, Benaraby and on the Capricorn Hwy.

Ms Sulzer said offices had been ransacked, 40L of diesel fuel stolen in one theft, and goods stolen included laptops, power tools, cordless wrenches and saws, battery charges, hand tools, a fridge, digital cameras, grinders, battery packs, and a car polisher.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Manfred had been on Workcover after breaking a tibula.

He said Manfred had used marijuana and then two years ago began using methylamphetamine and "that's when everything went bad".

"His co-accused invited him to go on a crime spree. They did these offences to feed their drug habit," Mr Pepito said. "They stole the fuel as they had no money to go places and to commit these offences. A co-accused has made death threats."

Magistrate Penelope Hay noted his frank admissions and prior lack of criminal history. Manfred was put on a supervised Probation Order for 12 months and his urine tested for drugs.



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