No bail for man over welder theft

A BARGARA man attempted to return a welder he took off the shelf for a cash refund, the Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Adrian William Podesta, 31, entered no plea for two charges of stealing and one of attempted fraud.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court Podesta had taken a welder off the shelf and tried to return it at the front counter in Bunnings on September 21.

When it was refused he left the store, only to return later, taking the price off and attempting to get a return at the tool counter.

The court was told Podesta also stole prescription drugs from a chemist after having his script filled on July 13.

The drugs were given to Podesta in a security box to take to the front counter to pay.

But Podesta removed the drugs from the box and left the store.

Sgt Stevens said Podesta had an extensive criminal history.

Podesta, who represented himself, said he had turned himself into police after hearing from a friend they were looking for him.

“I was scared yesterday when I got the phone call,” he said.

“I was paranoid.”

Podesta said he was regularly seeing a psychiatrist about “mental health issues upstairs” and also been attending weekly counselling sessions at Lifeline.

Podesta did not elaborate on what his mental health problems were.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring refused bail and said he thought Podesta was at risk of offending again.

The matter was adjourned until November 8.



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