Thief caught out after evidence posted on social media

A THIEF nabbed through the power of social media has faced the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

Shane Yedlinski, 18, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of entering a premises with intent.

The court heard the defendant kept look out while his two mates slipped through an unlocked laundry door at an Old Rollo Dr residence in Frenchville on July21.

The victim, who was known to the offenders, came home to find a laptop, XBox One, two bottles of whiskey and other items gone.

Home security cameras captured the three boys.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes said the victim posted images of the CCTV footage on Facebook. He said members of the community identified the defendant.

Most of the property has since been returned.

Duty lawyer Katina Perren said the victim owed the offenders' money.

The court heard Yedlinski admitted to police his involvement in another break-in at a High St home on July 18.

Three laptops, a camera, phone and tablet were stolen during that incident.

The property is yet to be recovered.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said it was never a good idea to take the law into your own hands.

He fined Yedlinski $1200 and ordered him to pay $2150 restitution.


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