Man trying to get clean of drugs steals, crashes rehab van

A MAN trying to get clean of drugs and alcohol stole a van from a Hervey Bay rehabilitation centre and crashed it into another vehicle.

Hervey Bay Magistrates Court was told Andrew Arthur Bamford stole the Toyota HiAce van while staying at Bayside Transformations for treatment for his drug and alcohol addiction.

Bamford stole three sets of keys from the centre's kitchen and drove the van to Main St in Pialba.

Bamford then hit another car at a Main St address.

Police stopped Bamford and found out he did not have permission to use the van and he was driving unlicensed.

Two set of keys were taken by police, with the third set discovered later

in Bamford's cell.

Bamford pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking and entering, in addition to the theft of the van, driving without due care and attention and unlicensed driving.

The court was told Bamford, with an accomplice, broke into a home on Boat Harbour Drive. DNA evidence at the scene was used to identify Bamford.

He appeared in court via videolink, already serving time in prison for other offences.

The court was told he was single but had family in Brisbane and his issues with drugs and alcohol often triggered his offending.

He was trying to better himself in prison, doing a construction course and a first aid course.

Bamford was sentenced to 12 months in prison, with parole eligibility set down for November 14.

He was fined $700 for driving unlicensed and driving without due care and attention.



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