MAN CHARGED OVER THE AL­LEGED THEFT OF $30K WORTH OF JEW­ELS

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By EMILY PRAIN

A MAN ac­cused of steal­ing $30,000 worth of jew­ellery from an elderly Isis district woman has been re­manded in cus­tody.

Fa­ther-of-one Peter James Pear­son, 28, of Monto, ap­peared in Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day on eight charges, in­clud­ing break­ing and en­ter­ing, re­ceiv­ing tainted prop­erty, un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and ob­struct­ing po­lice.

Po­lice will al­lege Pear­son broke into and ran­sacked the 74-year-old woman’s home while she was over­seas, some time be­tween last Thurs­day af­ter­noon and Fri­day morn­ing.

A plain-clothes po­lice of­fi­cer spot­ted Pear­son at Hin­kler Cen­tral Shop­ping Cen­tre at 2.30pm on Fri­day, al­legedly mak­ing an ex­change un­der a ta­ble with another person.

It is al­leged when po­lice ap­proached Pear­son, he be­gan plac­ing items down the front of his pants.

Pear­son was ar­rested and taken to the Bund­aberg Watch­house, where of­fi­cers al­legedly lo­cated fur­ther jew­ellery dur­ing a search.

The lawyer for the al­leged jew­ellery thief, Rian Dwyer, said while his client had “ex­ten­sive his­tory”, it ap­peared as though his of­fend­ing “stems from drug use”.

“If we can con­trol his use of drugs, his of­fend­ing will stop,” he said.

Mr Dwyer told Mag­is­trate Deb Vasta his client should be granted bail on the con­di­tion he re­port daily to po­lice and be on a 24-hour cur­few, liv­ing at his mother’s house in Monto.

“My sub­mis­sion is if Your Hon­our puts that in place, his abil­ity to ac­cess drugs will be greatly re­duced,” he said.

Mrs Vasta said she had “no doubt” drugs were the prob­lem for Pear­son.

“But I don’t think there is any way to pre­vent you from not us­ing drugs ex­cept to (re­mand you in cus­tody),” she said.

The mag­is­trate re­manded Pear­son in cus­tody, to reap­pear by vide­olink at 11.30am on Septem­ber 3.

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