CONVICTED: Alana Karen Johnston leaves court after admitting to possession of stolen goods.
CONVICTED: Alana Karen Johnston leaves court after admitting to possession of stolen goods. Ross Irby

Stolen Christmas goodies hidden in pillow case

WHEN police knocked at Alana Johnston's home just days before Christmas, they didn't look under the Christmas tree for presents.

Instead, it was Alana's bedroom pillowcase stuffed with goodies that got their interest.

The items had not been dropped off by Santa, instead Johnston said she received the electronic devices from a young man on an Ipswich-bound train.

And yes there was a Christmas Grinch - the goods had all been stolen in robberies.

Going before Ipswich Magistrates Court, Alana Karen Johnston, 35, from Leichhardt, pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving tainted property in December 2017; unlawful possession of suspected stolen property on December 22; two counts of possession of dangerous drugs; and possession of used drug utensils.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Narelle Krushka said officers found items at Johnston's home that were stolen in a burglary two days before at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane.

Johnston told police a male on a train at Booval gave her the items and she had not known they were stolen.

One of the stolen devices, an iPad, had apparently helped police track it back to her house. When police located it, its  its screen was flashing "please call me".

Her pillowcase held an iPhone that was stolen on December 20.

A Samsung tablet also found was suspected of being stolen. Its owner could not be traced.

Sen-Constable Krushka said a clip seal bag Johnston was found with held a small quantity of a crystal substance.

Johnston said she was unaware of what is was but that she did smoke methylamphetamine.

A small amount of marijuana was found in another clip seal bag.

In Johnston's defence, the court heard the mother-of-three had given up drugs following the charges and "been clean for 10 months".

Drug supply matters before the District Court had recently been finalised. Johnston was sentenced to a suspended jail term and probation.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum convicted and fined Johnston $700.



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