Man who stole toy found in cupboard near cannabis

HE may have been wiser to steal Narnia's wardrobe, rather than a remote-controlled car, after a man was found by police hiding in a bedroom cupboard, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

David John Roberts pleaded guilty to three charges on Tuesday, including one count of stealing, one count of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing utensils or pipes.

Police Prosecutor Emma Bonnyman read out the facts surrounding the offences, which occurred on February 27, when Roberts entered Toyworld on Toolooa St and helped himself to a remote-controlled car, valued at $500, before leaving the store without paying for the toy.

Police attended the defendant's address, where they were told Roberts was not home, however a search of his bedroom located Roberts hiding in the cupboard.

The not-so-well hidden Roberts was also found to have 2.2g of cannabis on a shelf in the cupboard as well as a home-made bong, leading to the two drug-related charges, before he showed officers where he'd stashed the stolen remote-controlled car in the backyard.

Roberts was arrested and charged after declining a formal interview, while the stolen toy was returned to the store.

Roberts told Magistrate Russell Warfield he had made a "stupid mistake" before being sentenced.

Mr Warfield exercised his discretion and opted not to record a conviction against Roberts on all three charges.

For the stealing offence, Roberts was fined $400, with no conviction.

For the two drug offences, Roberts was fined $650 and again received no convictions.


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