Getaway car driver jailed

THE driver of a getaway vehicle involved in a spate of robberies that cost Bundaberg businesses more than $12,850 has been jailed.

Bundaberg man Scott Ian Stevens, 35, of Windermere Road, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to 10 charges including breaking and entering, receiving stolen goods and drug offences.

Police prosecutor sergeant Robyn Shapcott said, from January 5 to January 7 Stevens was involved in a string of heists on chemists and other businesses in Bundaberg, Bargara and Burnett Heads.

The court was told boxes of cold and flu tablets, pain medication and cash were stolen from the pharmacies, while in one of the more unusual offences, a safe containing about $5000 cash and scratch-its was stolen from a Bundaberg newsagency.

“A total of $12,854.50 restitution is sought (from the multiple defendants),” Sgt Shapcott said.

Upon Stevens’ arrest after a police raid on his home, he told officers he was the driver of the getaway vehicle used during the crimes.

The court was told Stevens was paid in “fuel money” for the role he played in the majority of the crimes and was given property stolen by the other men allegedly involved in the robberies.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer said his client was desperate for cash as he was unemployed. Magistrate Neil Lavaring said substantial damage was done during the break-ins and a lot of property was stolen.

“We send the message too often that people can do this and then walk away,” he said.

The magistrate convicted Stevens and sentenced him to nine months prison for the break-ins. He was given 30 days, to be served concurrently, for receiving stolen goods.

His parole date was set for March 11. He must pay $9809.24 restitution.



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