Teen fined for construction thefts

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An 18-year-old who was caught stealing building equipment and supplies has been given a total of $1,832 of fines by Penrith Court.

Earlier today, the court heard that on Wednesday, January 9, the 18-year-old went to a friend’s house in Jamisontown for a barbeque. After consuming some alcohol, the man and his friends got into a car and drove to Claremont Meadows at around 11.15pm. 

At a house under construction in Blackwood Street, the friends pulled over, climbed a security fence and then proceeded to remove a number of items.

The 18-year-old removed five 20 kilogram bags of concrete and placed it in the car.

They then drove to another house still on construction on Central Park Drive, Claremont Meadows and entered the property and removed over $1,300 worth of equipment including flood lights, power tools and a stanley knife.

The group then took the stolen goods to a residence on Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills.

However, police stopped the car and inquired about the friends’ actions and the 18-year-old confessed to stealing some of the items.

The man was charged with two counts of unlawful entry, for which the court penalised the man with a $200 fine and $83 court cost fee for each charge.

The man was also charged with two counts of larceny; the first incident where he stole the cement bags was penalised with a $400 fine and $83 court costs, and the second theft of over $1,300 of building supplies was penalised with a $700 fine, $83 court costs and a Section 9 good behaviour bond for 12 months.

The judge said he was particularly disappointed in the teenager, who himself works in construction, as does his father.

 

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