Man stole rego plates from wreckers to stop car being towed

STEALING registration plates from a Kawana car wreckers to use on his unregistered vehicle landed a 36-year-old man in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Cole Matthew Duggan told police he took one Queensland registration plate and one Victorian registration plate from the wreckers without paying for them on September 8 so he could park his car on the street without being towed.

Police prosecutor Clancy Fox told the court Duggan took two different plates "because he could not locate two the same".

In a separate charge between July and August, the court heard Duggan damaged a wall, window and dishwasher of a rental property at Berserker.

Duggan, 36, pleaded guilty to one count each of stealing and wilful damage.

He was sentenced to one month in prison for stealing the plates and two months in prison for wilful damage, wholly suspended for 18months.


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