Bike theft alleged in flood zone

A MAN took advantage of Bundaberg being a disaster zone when he allegedly stole six motorbikes from Cash Converters on December 30, a court was told.

Ricky Leigh Wilson, 18, of Burnett Heads is charged with stealing, wilful damage and entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.

Yesterday he applied for bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said six motorbikes were stolen from two sheds belonging to Cash Converters on December 30 and 31.

Sgt Stevens said police found two of the bikes at a Bundaberg home, where a man told police he did not know the bikes were stolen when he bought them, but had later found out due to Wilson’s bragging.

Police then spoke to another man, who admitted he went with the defendant and another man to steal the bikes and alleged it was Wilson’s idea to commit the crime.

Sgt Stevens said another co-offender agreed to be interviewed by police and, on the way to the station, received a message from Wilson saying: “Don’t tell them anything okay, act dumb, delete this message.”

About 2.35am on Australia Day, police were called to a Barolin Street address where one of the co-offenders in the alleged motorbike stealings had his car’s light smashed, bonnet dinted and “You’re a dog” scratched into the side of the vehicle.

“It appears the motivation was the victim co-operating with police,” Sgt Stevens said.

Wilson and co-offenders were later found hiding in a drain at the scene.

Solicitor Edwina Rowan said Wilson, a concreter, was willing to abide by conditions if he was granted bail.

Ms Rowan said all of Wilson’s co-offenders had been granted bail.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts allowed the bail on the conditions Wilson report to police, live with his parents, abide by a 6pm to 6am curfew and have no contact with any prosecution witnesses.



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