Charged with $20,000 thefts

A NORTH Rockhampton household has been labelled a "college of crime'' after four of its residents were charged with stealing nearly $20,000 in goods.

Three residents of 13 Harbourne Street appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday on stealing charges relating to the December 12 offence.

Anthony James Rayner and Justin Christopher Jacobsen pleaded guilty to entering a dwelling and stealing while coaccused Tobias Van Egmont asked for an adjournment to March 30.

A fourth accused, Daniel Phillip Green, was unable to make the sittings because he was out of town.

The court heard the offenders entered a Daniel Street building between 8pm and 9pm on December 12 and stole TVs, DVDs, sound equipment, clothing, computers and food and drink.

They returned to the Harbourne Street residence and unloaded the goods before a suspicious neighbour called the police.

Nearly all of the goods were later recovered.

Rayner's solicitor, Doug Winning, dubbed the household a "college of crime'', saying his client's father had asked his son to move to Gladstone to get away from the "pack of thieves''.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Rayner $800 in relation to the stealing offence and $1500 for unrelated traffic offences.

And she warned him he needed to change his ways or he would face prison in the future.

"It is certainly a good idea for you to go to Gladstone ... you are on the doorstep of prison if you continue to commit offences,'' she said.

Jacobsen, representing himself, told the court the reputation he had obtained from living at the Harbourne Street residence had made it difficult to find a job.

"I have been labelled a thug and a gang member,'' he said. He was ordered to pay $500.

The housemates created media controversy in late November when they moved to the Harbourne Street residence after being evicted from their former residence in William Street.

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