Man steals two off-road buggies from council depot

JAMES-MICHAEL Glenn Corbett may have been looking for a joy ride at the expense of the Rockhampton council; but he didn't get far.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to entering premises and committing an indictable offence by break after stealing two off-road buggies from the RCC Charles St depot on August 27.

Senior Constable Manon Barwick told the court how Corbett made his way through the facility's six foot tall wire security fence.

"Council was entered by someone cutting a hole in the fence and bolt cutters were used on padlocks," she said.

"Two off-road buggies were removed. One buggy was located with a flat tire in the depot… the other was missing.

"The second buggy was located in a creek-bed outside the depot."

The court heard the red bolt cutters were recovered, and Corbett's DNA was found after forensic testing.

Corbett's defence lawyer, William Prizeman, said his client had an "unenviable" criminal history, with much of his offending occurring while he was a juvenile.

Mr Prizeman said the charges were lessened in seriousness because all property was recovered with no "serious" damage.

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll sentenced Corbett to a probation order for 18 months.

No restitution was sought by Rockhampton Regional.
 



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