Wood thieves take rare timber at empty home
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.