Card paid for thief’s lifestyle

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - CAMP­BELL GELLIE

A WANTED man bought KFC, fuel, bikes and nights at a five-star re­treat dur­ing a three­day spend­ing spree with a stolen bank card.

Coby Win­kler, 29, pleaded guilty in the Tweed Heads Lo­cal Court this week to eight charges of ob­tain­ing prop­erty by de­cep­tion, break and en­ter and pos­sess­ing stolen prop­erty.

He was sen­tenced to 12 months in jail and will be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role on Jan­uary 1 af­ter al­ready spend­ing five months in prison.

Court doc­u­ments re­veal Win­kler splurged on shoes, KFC, fuel, tyres, snacks, a bi­cy­cle and three nights in a fives­tar re­treat with some­one else’s bank card.

“(Win­kler) has been ac­tively avoid­ing po­lice since Jan­uary 2018 (since he was granted bail for at­tempted rob­bery),” the court doc­u­ments state.

In April, Win­kler took a new bank card is­sued to a Tweed Hin­ter­land res­i­dent and spent thou­sands of dol­lars.

He bought two pairs of shoes at City Beach surf store in Lis­more on April 5. The same day he spent $32.34 on food and drink at Cal­tex in Mur­willum­bah.

On April 6, he bought tyres from a shop at Tweed Heads, pay­ing $85 and $90 in two trans­ac­tions. About 3.30pm that day he and his co-ac­cused spent $57.85 at the KFC driv­ethru at Mur­willum­bah.

They also used the card to book a room for three nights at the five-star Crys­tal Creek Rain­for­est Re­treat west of Mur­willum­bah, which cost $1500.

The next day they or­dered two moun­tain bikes on­line from a Burleigh Heads cy­cling shop cost­ing $1400.

“A few days later (they) have at­tended the store to col­lect the two bikes,” the po­lice facts read. “They have been re­fused by staff at the store due to not pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

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