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.