Man avoids jail after theft

A MAN who stole machinery from his father’s friend to finance a $40 loan narrowly avoided jail yesterday.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard David Edward Reid, 35, of Svensson Heights, used two angle grinders stolen from a shed as collateral for a $40 loan from Bundy Loans.

Reid pleaded guilty to stealing, entering premises and committing an indictable offence and fraud.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said on June 20, Reid also stole a capacitor from Bundaberg Autobarn.

He entered the shop with two friends around 12.35pm, where he placed the electrical item down his pants.

Defence barrister Nick Larter said his client had learning problems and suffered from epilepsy.

He tendered a letter from a family friend saying Reid was a hard worker, but easily distracted.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced the man to four months in jail with immediate parole.

He was also ordered to pay $40 to Bundy Loans.

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