Caught trying to pawn stolen items

WHEN Jamie Paul Swan tried to make a quick buck selling stolen items to Cash Converters he didn't realise the bloke he'd ripped off was working there.

Swan, 31, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to three charges including stealing.

Police prosecutor Barbara Barton told the court that on February 18 an employee of Cash Converters contacted police after seeing some of his own DVDs and his guitar in the store. He told police that Swan had taken them to the store and traded them in for $78.

Defence solicitor Shane Studdert said Swan had been helping his sister-in-law move home when he saw the items and took them with him.

Mr Studdert said it was an offence of opportunity and Swan had since realised that it was a stupid thing to do.

The court also heard that on March 4 Swan had again tried to make off with goods that weren't his, this time stealing from a store.

Police were on patrol when they saw Swan running down Charles St with a UHF radio under his arm, being pursued by an employee of Active Gear.

Swan had grabbed the radio from the counter of the store and run outside, only to be stopped by police just 10 metres from the targeted shop.

He later told police he had intended to sell the radio as he needed money to get a train ticket to Toowoomba where his brother lived.

Magistrate Tom Bradshaw fined Swan $650 and ordered he pay $78 restitution to Cash Converters.



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