Men steal from Salvation Army

MOST people give to charity, but two Rockhampton men decided to steal there instead.

Police found Robert Johnson, 18, and Jacob John Ross, 17, pushing a trolley packed with goods on Phillips St on March 4.

After some questioning police discovered the pair had stolen a portable CD player, a video recorder, the base of a glass table, clothes and sanitary products from the Salvation Army second-hand store on High St.

They pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to stealing.

Johnson also pleaded guilty to three other charges.

The unemployed father-to-be admitted he stole a bag of clothes from The Salvation Army and a $1.50 packet of gum from Woolworths in February.

Johnson also broke a door at a Department of Communities house during a feud.

The duty solicitor representing both men, Danita Clarke, said Johnson regretted his actions.

Ms Clarke said both men were actively searching for jobs and Ross was a volunteer at the Red Cross.

Johnson refused to complete community service until Magistrate Cameron Press said that an offence committed against a charity was effectively an offence against the community.

Mr Press fined Johnson $100, ordered he complete 60 hours community service, pay $200 to fix the door and $1.50 restitution to Woolworths.

Ross was fined $200 for a breach of parole and was ordered to complete 40 hours community service.



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