Man steals mattresses from Vinnies

A 22-YEAR-OLD Warwick man narrowly escaped jail yesterday after pleading guilty to stealing two mattresses from St Vincent de Paul.

Tyler Leigh Hodges was fined $600 at Warwick's Magistrates Court yesterday.

After going into the charitable organisation's storage shed and helping himself, the court heard how Hodges then carried the stolen mattresses on his back up the street.

Police Prosecutor Steve de Lissa told the court the theft happened between 4pm on July 9 and 9am on July 10.

“The complaint was made to police and CIB received information that the defendant was responsible,” Mr de Lissa said.

Hodges has previous convictions for similar offences for which he has received fines.

Snr Const De Lissa said it may be the case that one more fine could be appropriate or probation may be warranted.

In his defence Hodges, who lives with his wife and child, said: “I was drinking at the time and made a stupid decision”.

Magistrate Anne Thacker told Hodges he was old enough to know better.

“This is the last time a fine is appropriate,” she said.

“If you come back on another one of these, you are looking at a jail sentence.”



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