Man busted helping himself to beers from backyard fridge
WHEN a woman noticed the door of her back deck fridge was ajar she soon realised someone had been at her home.
The culprit was Shane Anthony Leeding who pleaded guilty at Chinchilla Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 25, to three charges - unlawful use of a vehicle, driving unlicensed, and entering a dwelling while committing an indictable offence.
Police prosecutor Jodie Tahana said police recognised Leeding from footage received from the home's CCTV system, and when police caught up with him the next day he refused to talk.
Leeding also faced court for previous offences from November 2019, when he helped a mate steal a blue quad bike from the Barakula State Forrest, 60km north of Chinchilla, on November 3.
"On the 5th of November police attended the state forest office… there was an informant there who stated he had observed a male over the weekend who told him he had gotten bogged in the forest and needing help contacting a friend to come and assist him," snr const Tahana said.
"The male had been on a blue quad bike at the time."
The court heard after police checked the numbers the man called for help one of them belonged to Leeding.
Snr const Tahana said once police tracked down the man who was seen on the stolen quad bike, they then attained CCTV footage of the man's address.
The court heard that in the footage the stolen quad bike could be seen on the back of a ute being driven by Leeding, who was on a suspended licence.
When police raided the same address on November 9, snr const Tahana said the man admitted to taking the quad bike, and said he took it back, dumping it in bush land.
"(He has been charged), it is my understanding the total of restitution (of $3300) was made to him to pay because he was the one essentially to have stolen it."
Magistrate Cridland fined Leeding $800, and disqualified his licence for one month.