Sen­tenced over looted prop­erty

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS COURT -

THERE is zero tol­er­ance in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity for post-Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie loot­ing.

Al­lana Reumer, 32, from Can­non­vale, learnt this the hard way af­ter plead­ing guilty to re­ceiv­ing tainted prop­erty.

Sport­spower Can­non­vale was the vic­tim of loot­ing of­fences be­tween March 29–30, with heart mon­i­tors and sports watches stolen.

A po­lice search at a Can­non­vale res­i­dence on May 3 re­vealed a bag hid­den in­side the in­ter­nal ceil­ing area con­tain­ing two watches, one with a hand­writ­ten price tag, the other with an of­fi­cial “Sport­spower” tag.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Bern­hard Berger said Reumer ini­tially claimed she had never seen the watches, then changed her story to say some­one gave them to her be­fore Christ­mas last year.

She later ad­mit­ted to pur­chas­ing the watches for $50 from a man three days af­ter Deb­bie hit.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young said the court needed to send a clear warn­ing that even re­ceiv­ing looted prop­erty would be a “con­sid­er­a­tion of the court”.

Reumer served five days of a six-month jail sen­tence and was re­leased on pa­role.

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