CRIME DOESN'T PAY: We've compiled a list of the most peculiar crimes to land people in front of our regional Magistrates courts this year.
CRIME DOESN'T PAY: We've compiled a list of the most peculiar crimes to land people in front of our regional Magistrates courts this year. Kate McCormack

The most bizarre cases to face court in 2019

FROM former world record holders to high school dux recipients, grand chicken schnitzel heists and dune buggy fraudsters - we've compiled a list of the more unusual crimes and offenders to wind up in our region's Magistrates courts this year...

Jail time for mum who stole eight chicken schnitzels

Eight stolen chicken schnitzels proved to be the final straw for Magistrate Robbie Davies as he sentenced serial thief Kahlia Maree Jackson to two months jail.

The 33-year-old mother appeared in Chinchilla Magistrates Court back in February this year where she pleaded guilty to stealing about $80 of meat from Drakes Chinchilla and a $129 hair removal device from Australia Post.

The court heard Jackson was also charged with two counts of contravening a direction by police, in both instances failing to provide identification.

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Heavily armed police storm residence over toy gel blaster rifle

Gun-wielding police made a dramatic arrest on a suburban street in Chinchilla after a man was playing in his driveway with a realistic looking toy gun.
Gun-wielding police made a dramatic arrest on a suburban street in Chinchilla after a man was playing in his driveway with a realistic looking toy gun. Brooke Duncan

A MAN wielding a toy gun while walking down a Chinchilla street resulted in a dramatic response in July.

Armed police in bulletproof vests arrived at a premises on Birkett St after receiving a Triple Zero call that an armed man was walking around the unit complex with a rifle.

"A pistol style gel blaster handgun and a gel blaster rifle was located, they're of a genuine appearance to legitimate weapons," Inspector Stahlhut said.

25-year-old John David Holder, pleaded guilty in Chinchilla Magistrates court to going armed to cause fear back in August, resulting in a recorded conviction and a $700 fine. 

Gel blasters are battery operated toy guns that use air to shoot gel bullets.

They are considered toys and are legal to own in Queensland, but nonetheless the incident raised an important warning from police.

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Chinchilla State High dux charged with break and enter after stealing $3000 worth of prescription drugs

A former model student faced Dalby District Court for his involvement in a major prescription drug stealing spree

Jack May was a golden child at Chinchilla State High School being awarded dux of his graduating class and earning an OP1.

Now 26-years-old, May faced one count of break and enter and one count of stealing in March this year.

According to crown prosecution lawyer Even O'Hanlon-Rose, May was an accessory in the theft of a local business in Chinchilla.

The court heard May and two accomplices stole $3000 worth of prescription drugs, $300 worth of DVD's and $5000 worth of other electronics and warehouse items.

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Drunk man locked himself in neighbours shed to evade police

Drunken and belligerent, Patrick Michael Joseph Carroll, 31, shut himself in his neighbour's shed and fought against police as they tried to arrest him.

On September 24 at 3.10pm, police were called to an address on Kenny Ln in St George regarding a man who had trespassed onto a property.

Carroll was found in the rear shed, intoxicated, and refusing to leave.

When he was arrested, he refused to identify himself, and began fighting against police.

Magistrate Tracy Mossop said Carroll needed to help himself to "help everyone who has to deal with you".

Carroll pleaded guilty to contravening the direction or requirement of police and obstructing a police officer.

He was fined $300 and had a conviction recorded.

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Former world record holder charged with theft after breaking into Bowls Club

IN 2007 John Paul Allwood headbutted his way into the Guinness World Record books when he smashed 40 watermelons on his head in 58 seconds, in 2019 he faced Chinchilla Magistrates Court for stealing food.

Chinchilla man, John Paul Allwood, once held the Guinness World Record for breaking melons with his head, now he's been charged for breaking into the local bowls club freezer in search of food. Picture: YouTube.
Chinchilla man, John Paul Allwood, once held the Guinness World Record for breaking melons with his head, now he's been charged for breaking into the local bowls club freezer in search of food. Picture: YouTube. YouTube

The court heard the former world record holder broke into the Chinchilla Bowls Club after hours on May 22 and stole frozen food from the club house's freezer.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jodie Tahana told the court officers recognised Allwood in CCTV footage and tracked him down the next day where he made full admissions of the theft, telling police he did it "because he was hungry".

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Dune buggy fraudster ordered to pay $1000 in compensation

A Chinchilla man who ripped off a woman with promises of a dune buggy has paid the price after fronting Chinchilla Magistrates Court.

Kieran Richard Kelly, 35, pleaded guilty in court last Thursday to one count of fraud after arranging to sell a red dune buggy on Facebook.

Police prosecutor Jodie Tahana said on May 15 a 53-year-old Roma woman saw an ad for the vehicle on a Facebook buy/swap/sell group, listed for $1000.

The court heard the victim arranged to buy the dune buggy, and received bank details for a K Kelly.

After depositing the money the next morning, the victim spoke to Kelly about the buggy, organising to collect it from Chinchilla on May 27.

Snr Const Tahana said Kelly contacted the victim on May 24 to say the dune buggy had been secured and would be ready for her to pick it up, but when the victim arrived in Chinchilla in the evening of May 27, Kelly did not answer his mobile phone.

Kelly was ordered to pay $1000 in compensation to the victim and was put on 12 months probation. A conviction was recorded.

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Drunk man locks himself in neighbours shed to hide from police

Drunken and belligerent, Patrick Michael Joseph Carroll, 31, shut himself in his neighbour's shed and fought against police as they tried to arrest him.

On September 24 at 3.10pm, police were called to an address on Kenny lane in St George regarding a man who had trespassed onto a property.

Carroll was found in the rear shed, intoxicated, and refusing to leave.

ne who has to deal with you".

Carroll pleaded guilty to contravening the direction or requirement of police and obstructing a police officer.

He was fined $300 and had a conviction recorded.

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