REVEALED: 10 dumbest Coast crimes committed
From a beach masturbator who fled from police because he thought they were a gang about to mug him to a father and son saying their marijuana plants just "popped out of the ground", here are 10 Sunshine Coast criminals committing dumb or bizarre crimes.
'Thought they were a gang:' Masturbator runs from police
A beach masturbator has told the court that he resisted arrest because he thought the police officers in plain clothes were gang members about to mug him.
Robert William Rothwell, 42, pleaded guilty to three charges in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, including commit public nuisance and obstruct police.
Police prosecutor Brendan Newman told the court on February 3, Coolum police were patrolling Mudjimba Beach when they saw Rothwell masturbating with his right hand while another male watched.
"Police observed the defendant holding his penis in his right hand and was moving it back and forth rapidly," he said.
"The defendant was in open view of the beach which is used by the public. The defendant has seen police approach and decamp along with the other male in a westerly direction along Ocean St."
Self represented, Rothwell told the court he had never been in trouble with police before and had run because the officers had been in plain clothes.
"When the police approached me, I thought they were a gang of two people who were going to mug me or attack me and that's the reason why I ran off," he said.
"When they threw me to the floor, I had sat on an ants nest and I told them that and that's the reason I resisted."
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist fined Rothwell $600, with no convictions recorded.
Drunk man takes revenge for bottle shop boot
A drunk man decided to take revenge after being kicked out of a bottle shop by shattering a window with a trolley.
Alan Manfred Happel pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court to wilful damage.
Police prosecutor Nichale Bool told the court Happel attended the Coolum Beach Dan Murphy's in February this year.
"He was intercepted by staff, he was intoxicated," she said.
"After being spoken to by staff he was requested to leave the store.
"He's become abusive to one female staff member."
Ms Bool said Happel took a trolley from the outside car park a short time later and rammed it at speed into a large glass panel window on the eastern side of the building.
"This has caused it to smash completely," she said.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan fined Happel $800.
A conviction was recorded.
'Nice tits': River runner in jail after boaties help arrest
A father flopped out his penis in a park and thrust at a woman, yelled "nice tits", threw chairs at The Wharf and swung on the trees.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said David Scott Jones, 52, was the epitome of a public nuisance as he sentenced him.
Jones, from Nambour, had previously been convicted of several public nuisance and assault offences before an outburst at The Savvy Squire on March 10.
Police were called to the restaurant at The Wharf Mooloolaba about 9.45pm after receiving reports Jones was shouting and trying to enter the female bathroom.
Police prosecutor Lee Allan said the defendant had also caused a commotion at The Dock.
"He was throwing chairs that were located on the outside of the building. Police observed the chairs to be upside down when they approached the venue," Senior Constable Allan said.
"Police took up with two elderly females who said they were scared as they were unsure what the defendant's next actions were going to be.
"As he was making his way through the complex, he was also standing on the tables and swinging on trees."
A few weeks later, on April 3, Jones exposed himself to a woman at Charles Clark Park at Mooloolaba.
"He has held his penis in his hand while he's thrust his crutch toward her," Sen-Const Allan said.
"Later that same day he yelled out 'nice tits' or 'big tits' to a female while he swam across the canal."
In late December, Jones led police on a wild chase through Maroochy River at Picnic Point.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist considered Jones had already spent 83 days in custody.
He sentenced him to nine months' prison with immediate parole eligibility.
Jailed meth user blames extra Centrelink payments
A meth user who was busted with more drugs while on bail said he had fallen back into old habits after his girlfriend cheated on him and he was receiving more Centrelink income.
Matthew Ronald Scott appeared by video link in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, facing 11 charges including breaching bail and possessing dangerous drugs.
The court heard Scott had breached bail by not residing at his bail address in Caboolture.
Police prosecutor Amanda Brewer told the court after receiving information that Scott may be residing in a unit in Birtinya, they executed a search warrant.
They found methamphetamine and cannabis both weighing less than 1g, a bank card suspected to be stolen and drug utensils.
Duty lawyer Michael Robertson said that after being released from jail in August last year, Scott was living with his girlfriend in Caboolture.
"But then in January 2020, he went back to jail for 20 days but while he went back in, his girlfriend was extensively cheating on him around the place and he found out through a series of revelations from friends," he said.
"That interfered with his rehabilitation process because almost simultaneously Centrelink started paying him heaps of extra money. So in that headspace, he devoted a lot of that extra money to drug purchases."
He was sentenced to six months jail.
'I'll cut your brakes': Pregnant mum threatens friend
A pregnant mum with a "mind boggling" criminal history has sent a tirade of threatening messages that made a former friend fear for her safety, a court has heard.
Chloe Diane Heath, 20, pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.
Police prosecutor Phillip Stephens told the court Heath had used her Facebook account and mobile phone to send threatening messages to a 21-year-old victim, starting on March 15.
The court heard the victim had reported the messages to police on March 19.
"Once the defendant's Facebook account was blocked by the victim, she has then sent threatening and harassing messages directed at the victim through mutual Facebook friends," Sergeant Stephens said.
The court heard some of the messages said "I'll f--- with your cat c---, I'll cut your brakes, slash your tyres," "I know where she is, I put a tracker in her car," and "I'm on my way, she f-----, I'm serious, she should be scared too".
The court heard Heath had a five-year-old son and was currently pregnant with another child, due in October.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said Heath's criminal history for her age was "mind boggling".
He sentenced her to six months in jail, with immediate parole.
Convictions were recorded.
Crotch touches spark underwear ice raid
A Caloundra man who led police on a foot chase after hiding methamphetamines down his pants told police he forgot about the drugs.
Brodie Stanley Williams pleaded guilty in Caloundra Magistrates Court to charges including possessing dangerous drugs and obstructing police.
Police prosecutor Mark Burrell said police noticed the Williams regularly touching his crotch area after they stopped a car in which he was a passenger in Kings Beach on April 23.
Senior Constable Burrell said police did a pat down search of the car's occupants.
He said police found a metal tin "tucked between his underwear next to his genitals" before the Williams took off on foot.
"In a split second the defendant has taken off on foot," Sen Const Burrell said.
"Police chased on foot while making demands at the defendant to stop and telling him he was under arrest.
"While running police observed two clipseal bags fly out of the defendant's hands into the air and land on the ground."
After catching the 30-year-old, police found a total of 1.9g of crystal substance believed to be methamphetamines.
Magistrate Graham Hillan fined Williams $1000 and recorded a conviction.
Dan Murphy's thief caught with pants down
A Coast man who stole alcohol worth nearly $400 from a Noosa bottle shop by putting the items down his pants has faced court.
J'khobi Shaw, who stole alcohol valued at $365.96 from Dan Murphy's Noosa over two days pleaded guilty in Noosa Magistrates Court to eight charges.
Police prosecutor Alison Johnstone said Shaw and an unknown male visited the Noosa store at 12:30pm on January 6 and placed a bottle of bourbon and whisky down his pants and left the store without attempting to pay.
Seargent Johnstone said at 6:24pm that same day Shaw stole another two bottles of whisky by the same method before returning two minutes later to steal a $52.99 bottle of bourbon.
On February 25 the Black Mountain resident was found in possession of 11g of marijuana, which he had also attempted to hide down his pants.
Shaw was found with three boxes of suspected stolen cologne on March 16 which he told police he had used in a trade that he described as a "good deal".
Seargent Johnstone said when police asked what drugs he had swapped in the deal Shaw smiled and winked before saying he had got some s--- for about $70 in a trade for cologne.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist issued a number of fines, including $600 for the stealing offences.
He was also ordered to pay $365.96 restitution for the alcohol.
'Erratic' teen fined for headbutting cop car while naked
A teenager has been slapped with a $3100 bill and a $150 fine after headbutting a police car.
Police were called to Mountain Creek about 2am on June 12 after receiving reports that a naked man was trying to fight in the street.
Police prosecutor Stu Lydford said a naked Harrison Isaac Lancaster-Byrne, 18, began sprinting towards the police car as officers were getting out.
"He headbutted the front of the vehicle, causing damage," Sgt Lydford said.
"Police arrested him and he was erratic and uncontrollable.
"They identified that he was clearly under the influence of a substance that wasn't alcohol."
'Forfeited for deep frying': Man roasted for spud creation
Due to his behaviour, Lancaster-Byrne was taken to hospital.
Sgt Lydford said the police car required $3116.40 worth of repairs.
At Maroochydore Magistrates Court, Lancaster-Byrne pleaded guilty to wilfully damaging police property.
Duty lawyer Matt Cooper said his client was a pharmacy student who had since been diagnosed with having drug-induced manic episodes.
He said Lancaster-Byrne had no criminal history and was now taking medication.
The teenager was fined $150 and ordered to pay for the damage to the police car.
No conviction was recorded.
Drink driving mum busted in Maccas drive through
A boozed up mum with a craving for fast food was caught at close to three times the limit after she was busted chowing down on some fries.
Natasha Jane Saville, 43, fronted Caloundra Magistrates Court via telephone and pleaded guilty to one charge of drink driving.
Sergeant Phillip Stephens told the court that on May 15 at 3.15am, police observed her stationary in her vehicle in the McDonald's drive through at Currimundi.
The court heard Saville was eating chips with her car still running and blocking traffic and upon further investigation appeared glassy eyed, with slurred speech and slowed reactions.
After questioning whether she had consumed any alcohol that night, she replied that she had drunk three glasses of wine.
She was breathalysed and returned a reading of 0.148.
Saville's lawyer, Justin Craven, told the court that the mum had been invited to a bonfire that night and while she originally had plans to stay the night, she woke up in a spare bed feeling restless and decided to drive home.
The court heard she was at the last window of McDonalds' enjoying a fry when she was intercepted by police.
Saville was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for five months.
A conviction was recorded.
'Just popped out of the ground:' 6ft cannabis plants found
A father and son have both appeared in court on drug charges, after police searched their property and found six-foot cannabis plants the duo said "popped out of the ground".
The father, Noel William Dugdale, fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to charges of producing and possessing dangerous drugs.
His son, Troy Dugdale, also appeared before the court.
Police prosecutor Lee Allan told the court at 9am on March 3 police executed a search warrant on the rural property.
"Police observed a cannabis plant in front of the dwelling which was approximately 6 foot in height," Senior Constable Allan said.
The court heard Noel admitted it was his plant and there was another one on the side of the house, also six-foot tall.
Police also found three smaller cannabis plants.
"When questioned, the defendant stated they had 'just popped out of the ground'," Sen Const Allan said.
Magistrate Rod Madsen said Noel was not learning from his offences, continually returning to court for producing and using cannabis.
Mr Madsen sentenced Noel to six months' probation, with convictions recorded.
Troy pleaded guilty to his own charges of possessing cannabis and utensils.
He was fined $400, with convictions recorded.