Man hides stolen prop­erty in saw­dust pile to avoid de­tec­tion from po­lice

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

A BIGGEN­DEN man al­legedly tried to con­ceal stolen goods from po­lice un­der a pile of saw­dust.

Steven Robert Blan­chard faced Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court on March 17 on charges of theft.

The court heard that while he was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he sought to con­ceal goods he had stolen by bury­ing them in a saw­dust pile on his prop­erty.

Blan­chard was sen­tenced to nine months in pri­son af­ter steal­ing farm­ing equip­ment from his neigh­bours.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of en­ter­ing premises to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence.

The Mary­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court heard he was found in pos­ses­sion of mo­tor­bikes, chain­saws, tools, a gen­er­a­tor, a ve­hi­cle and so­lar bat­ter­ies.

The items were stolen from farm­ers and life­style prop­er­ties, the court was told.

In­for­ma­tion pro­vided to po­lice about some of the items led to Blan­chard be­ing charged with the of­fences.

Blan­chard was is­sued a pa­role re­lease date of June 16.

He was also or­dered to pay $2375 in com­pen­sa­tion.

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