The Chronicle

CCTV, DNA nails thief

- PETER HARDWICK

A THIEF who thought he’d successful­ly escaped with a cash tin containing $1300 cash stolen from a North Toowoomba auto shop she had broken into was undone by the business’s security camera and a bottle of water left at the scene.

Had the CCTV camera footage not led to the identifica­tion of Dwayne Donald Hall, then leaving his DNA on the water bottle left at the scene surely had.

Police prosecutor Al Windsor told Toowoomba Magistrate­s Court that Hall had been captured on security camera using bolt cutters to break into Downs Automotive Service on Mort St about 11.27pm, June 25.

Taken from the store included a cash tin containing $1300 and a key to a Holden vehicle, he said.

Sergeant Windsor told the court Hall had also received $60 cash after pawning an angle grinder which had been among a number of power tools reported stolen in the break-in of a Wilsonton store sometime between April 24 and April 27.

The 41-year-old had also tested positive for methamphet­amine and cannabis after being pulled over by police while driving on Charter Crescent, Wilsonton Heights, about 1.50pm, July 22, Sergeant Windsor said.

Hall pleaded guilty to entering a premises and committing an indictable offence by break, fraud – dishonestl­y gaining a benefit or advantage, receiving tainted property, drug driving and to breaching court orders at Upper Tent Hill on July 13.

His solicitor Michael Corbin told the court his client instructed that he had been asked to pawn the angle grinder by a friend who didn’t have identifica­tion, which should have told him all was not right.

The father of three was working at a meat works and though he had been sentenced to a period of parole at his last court appearance that parole had finished when he committed these latest offences, Mr Corbin said.

Magistrate Graham Lee said the break and enter of the auto shop was “quite serious” as bolt cutters had been used.

Mr Lee sentenced Hall to three months in jail but ordered the whole term be suspended for 12 months with an order to pay restitutio­n of $1300.

On the other offences, Mr Lee placed Hall on 12 months probation, ordered he pay $60 restitutio­n to the pawn shop for the angle grinder and disqualifi­ed him from driving for one month for drug driving.

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