Man steals from ex bosses

A MAN who broke into his old workplace and stole thousands of dollars in property has pleaded guilty to six charges including stealing, fraud and trespassing.

Jeffrey Stewart Snell, 37, of Walkervale, admitted all charges when he appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said Snell, a former employee of QC Bricks, went to the business' premises on the night of October 14 with accomplices and stole 40kg of copper wire valued at $300.

Snell and his accomplices were disturbed during the act and fled the scene.

On October 21, Snell and others returned to QC Bricks and cut through the cyclone fencing at the rear of the property.

“They drove in and took 300kg of copper wire worth $1300,” Sgt Stevens said.

The thieves took the wire back to an address in Newhaven Court, where they stripped the wire before fraudulently selling it for $1600 to a scrap metal buyer.

Snell also pleaded guilty to one charge of being in control of a vehicle while drunk, relating to an offence on December 11 last year.

Police found him asleep in his car in a car park surrounded by wine bottles, where he recorded a blood-alcohol reading of .197%.

“He told police it was intention to get drunk and go to sleep,” Sgt Stevens said.

Lawyer Matt Messenger said Snell had been having work and relationship issues, which contributed to his decision to commit the crimes.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts fined Snell $1200 and disqualified his licence for 12 months for the drink driving ofence.

She fined him $660 for the offences relating to the copper wire and ordered he pay $450 restitution to QC Bricks, with his co-offenders expected to pay the outstanding balance.



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