Pingrup thief in threats to mum
A 22-year-old Pingrup man sent threatening messages to his mother after she reported him to police for a burglary at Pingrup Recreation Centre.
At Albany Magistrate’s Court last week, Brodii William Macaulay pleaded guilty to burglary, stealing and breaching a family violence restraining order.
Between June 5 and June 8, Macaulay used a butter knife to force entry to Pingrup Recreation Centre. Inside, he stole a mop and bucket, vacuum cleaner, electric kettle, portable speaker, electrical lead and cleaning products worth about $1200.
The court was told Macaulay breached a restraining order by sending threatening messages to his mother.
“Dog cops ain’t gonna stop me from coming round. It’s a piece of paper. You know what happens when I see you — butterflies and roses,” one message said.
Magistrate Raelene Johnston described the messages as “concerning”.
Prosecuting Sgt Dave Loverock said Macaulay was taken to Katanning Police Station where he told officers he would never actually hurt his mother.
His defence counsel said breaking into the recreation centre was a “silly decision”. She said he had recently lost his shearing job because of COVID-19.
“He was angry his mother had reported him to police about the burglary,” she said.
Ms Johnston put Macaulay on an eight-month community-based order with 60 hours of community work. She said he was a young man with no previous convictions but he had no business breaking into the recreation centre.
“The messages that were sent . . . they’re unsavoury, to say the least, and concerning,” she said.