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