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Woman dobs thief grandson

Mrs Kim “Nanna” McCarthy gets a loving hug from grandson Michael Hearn (at back) and nephew Jarret Rose at Mrs McCarthy’s Rockville home where she found another grandson and his mates had stored a large booty of stolen goods.
Mrs Kim “Nanna” McCarthy gets a loving hug from grandson Michael Hearn (at back) and nephew Jarret Rose at Mrs McCarthy’s Rockville home where she found another grandson and his mates had stored a large booty of stolen goods. Dave Noonan

EVEN the real risk of putting her own grandson in jail couldn't stop Kim McCarthy doing the right thing.

Mrs McCarthy returned to her Rockville home from a trip to Cunnamulla in January to find her grandson and three mates asleep surrounded by an array of stolen goods.

"There was property everywhere in the house," she said.

"I was so angry about it so I got on to the police straight away.

"I told them (police) the lads were still asleep and I'd leave them asleep until they got here."

That telephone call to police not only ensured justice was done but the return of all the stolen property to its rightful owners.

Three of the burglar quartet were juveniles, including Mrs McCarthy's grandson, and so cannot be named.

They had accompanied 23-year-old David Douglas Hagan to a Wilsonton home on the night of January 12 while the occupants were away.

After cutting power to the residence, the group entered the house and stole a large number of household goods including a television set, jewellery, digital cameras, mobile phones, air beds and an air compressor.

One of the group found keys to a Mitsubishi Lancer parked in the garage, but though the keys were placed in the car's ignition it wasn't stolen because without power the garage door couldn't be opened, prosecutor Constable Vicki Kennedy-Grills told Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

So much booty did the group haul from the house that it took them two trips to carry it all back to Mrs McCarthy's home where they had been staying.

"David (Hagan) is 23-years-old and should have known better," Mrs McCarthy said.

Mrs McCarthy's grandson received four months juvenile detention for his role in the burglary while his two juvenile mates were placed on six months and 12 months probation respectively.

Hagan, who was subject to a community service order at the time of the offence, was sentenced to four months jail with 18 days pre-sentence custody declared as time already served.

Magistrate Damian Carroll ordered he be released from jail on parole on April 27.

When sentencing Hagan, Mr Carroll commended Mrs McCarthy for doing the right thing and calling police.

Topics:  police, stolen property, theft



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