Meat and dairy thief or­dered to pay $2000

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

A DALBY man who stole meat and cheese from a dairy whole­saler ad­mit­ted he had been drink­ing when the theft oc­cured, court has heard.

The whole­saler on the War­rego Hwy, Dalby claimed they had meat and cheese stolen from their busi­ness, when they found the door to their stor­age fridge open on Au­gust 20.

Scott Louise Chris­tensen pleaded guilty in Dalby Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day, to one count of break and en­ter.

The court heard Chris­tensen was walk­ing home on Au­gust 19, when he no­ticed the stor­age fridge had not been prop­erly locked.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jodie Ta­hana said in court Chris­tensen crawled through an ex­ist­ing hole in the busi­ness’ fence, be­fore help­ing him­self to the prod­ucts in­side.

In to­tal, the court was told over 5kg of cheeses and 10kg of meat were stolen in the break and en­ter.

The court then heard Chris­tensen pro­ceeded to walk home along the rail­way tracks, car­ry­ing the meat and cheese.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tion said in mon­e­tary value of goods stolen to­talled $779.37.

Mag­is­trate judge Rob­bie Davies or­dered Chris­tensen pay back the amount in resti­tu­tion to the busi­ness.

Chris­tensen was also handed a $1250 fine for the break and en­ter.

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