Wood thieves take rare tim­ber at empty home

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

TWO men who raided an aban­doned Blooms­bury home and stole 100-year-old rare hard­wood, have paid for their crimes in the Proser­pine court.

Trevor An­drew Crisp, 33, and Brent Allen Jones, 24, formed part of a party that went to the prop­erty on April 18.

Pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said po­lice ar­rived shortly af­ter 6.30pm to find Crisp stand­ing be­side a util­ity con­tain­ing 10 lengths of tim­ber match­ing the floor­boards.

She said the owner of the prop­erty had passed away but Crisp told po­lice he was “pretty sure” he’d said it was okay to take wood from the house a few years ago.

Jones mean­while ran off into the long grass when po­lice ar­rived, later con­fess­ing it was “in his na­ture to run”.

Jones was fined $1000, while Crisp faced ad­di­tional charges of pos­sess­ing drugs and tainted prop­erty and fail­ing to re­port.

Ms Smith said the drug charges re­lated to a search of Crisp’s Kelsey Creek home on March 17, when five cannabis plants, some cannabis seeds and 5g of cannabis were found.

The tainted prop­erty charge re­lated to a mig welder, stolen from a Dittmer shed be­tween March 6 and 9 and found at Crisp’s home on March 17.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist noted this wasn’t Crisp’s first court ap­pear­ance of 2015.

“You’ve got a broad ar­ray of of­fend­ing (and) it might have some­thing to do with the ster­ling com­pany you keep,” he said.

Mr St­jern­qvist sug­gested Crisp “draw a line in the sand”, and sen­tenced him to 15 months’ pro­ba­tion plus 100 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

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