Break up lead to $80,000 theft spree, including bobcat

BALLARAT man John Carl Emerson Wandin moved to Rockhampton to start a new life, but got off on the wrong foot.

A nine-year relationship had ended with his Ballarat-based girlfriend and he wanted to make quick money to set himself up in Rockhampton.

He decided to do this by stealing a twin-axle trailer worth $10,000 from a commercial catering company in Parkhurst, and a skid-steer bobcat from Hastings Deering worth $70,000.

It was his intention to sell them.

Wandin, 35, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle or a vessel and two counts of unlawfully entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.

The court heard around 12am on June 2, Wandin and two other defendants broke into the CQ Commercial Catering Company yard, in McLaughlin St, by cutting the chain-wire fence.

Police Prosecutor Julie Marsden said Wandin and the three co-defendants stole the trailer.

Sometime after the theft, the trio headed to Hastings Deering, broke into the Port Curtis site and loaded the bobcat onto the trailer.

Ms Marsden said the trio were stopped in Mt Larcom in the early hours of June 2. When police stopped the vehicle, Wandin tried to walk away.

Wandin, who represented himself, said the split made him drink heavily the night before and act "stupidly".

It was his intention to sell the items in Gladstone.

He was sentenced to 12 months jail but released immediately on parole. Wandin had spent 34 days in pre-sentence custody.



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