Light-fingered butcher steals credit cards, undies

A BUTCHER is out of jail after two months spent behind bars for using a stolen credit card and breaking into houses to steal.

The light-fingered lad even stole undies and a mower from houses in Darra.

Dylan Silvio Simoes, 27, from Dinmore, appeared in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to two dozen offences, including 10 counts of fraud; stealing; wilful damage to police property; wilful damage; three counts of entering houses to steal; possession of dangerous drugs; having drug utensils; possession of a weapon; and entering premises to steal.

Magistrate Andy Cridland read out the offences and charge dates in which Simoes had entered a dwelling at Darra and stolen $600 cash, power tools and a mower on June 8; gained a $120 benefit (fraud) at Goodna; entered a house at Darra to steal speakers on August 31; entered a house at Darra on September 14 to steal underwear, a television and kitchen goods.

Mr Cridland said Simoes damaged a building wall in Ipswich on September 8; destroyed floorboards in another incident; drove an unregistered and uninsured vehicle at Bundamba on October 17; possessed a knife at Southbank in Brisbane; stole from a home in Riverview on October 17; stole a phone at Silkstone on September 1; and dishonestly used a credit card six times at Goodna and Ebbw Vale.

Police prosecutor Ricky Tsoi said the stealing had been "opportunistic and brazen".

He said Simoes was doing checks for an air cooling when he stole a battery from a car.

Then when a victim invited him inside his house Simoes stole a wallet and mobile phone then used credit cards (from the wallet) to steal.

Police sought Simoes to repay $1000 in restitution.

The full facts of his crimes were not disclosed in the open court.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Simoes had no relevant criminal history for such offences and instructs that at the time he had "drug issues, anxiety and depression".

He said the butcher has children and sought parole or a suspended sentence for the crimes.

Mr Cridland said some of the charges were concerning.

He noted that he had spent 61 days in custody.

He convicted and fined Simoes $900 - sent to SPER for a payment plan.

And sentenced him to an 18-month supervised probation order. And must pay $1000 restitution.

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