Fingerprints and DNA help police capture weapons thief

STEALING a trident, swords and bow and arrow from a weapons collection and nearly $1700 worth of DVDs and video games has seen a man placed on probation and a woman who pawned the electronics fined.

Jade Laurel Elizabeth Curtis, 20, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to fraud and receiving tainted property; while Mark Alan Pearce, 20, pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud.

The court heard on an unknown date between April 21 and 27 Pearce broke into a Durack home.

He stole a PlayStation 3 console, 20 games, 23 DVDs, a trident, a bow and arrow, three swords and a dagger.

However, he left behind a water bottle, on which police identified his DNA.

Police also found Pearce's fingerprints on a hot water system outside the house.

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Pearce, who told police he had broken into the house with his brother-in-law, passed the DVDs and games onto Curtis who took them to Cash Converters Goodna.

She fraudulently claimed the goods were hers and a loan was issued against the PlayStation console for $50, while the games and DVDs, valued at $1690, were pawned for $115.

She told police she didn't know they were stolen at the time, but did nothing about it when she found out they were.

When Pearce was spoken to by police he told them he'd sold the weapons to an unidentified person for a $150.

Curtis was fined $500, while Pearce was placed on a probation order for 18 months.

They were ordered to pay half of the $165 each as restitutions for the money they were given by Cash Converters.



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