Charles Lammonde leaves the Mackay courthouse yesterday after being fined $1250 for stealing 800 litres of fuel from a Darling Downs farmer.
Charles Lammonde leaves the Mackay courthouse yesterday after being fined $1250 for stealing 800 litres of fuel from a Darling Downs farmer. Tony Martin

Man snares fuel thief with CCTV

A DARLING Downs farmer installed CCTV around his fuel storage tanks to catch any thieves.

And he caught Mackay resident Charles Lammonde stealing 800 litres worth $960.

The theft occurred at Cecil Plains, near Dalby, about 2am on April 16, prosecutor Constable Janelle Young told the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Lammonde and a female passenger entered the property in a Landcruiser station wagon, pulled up beside some fuel storage tanks, and pumped petrol into two large drums which were in the rear of the station wagon.

The farmer was able to show police the CCTV footage and the registration number of the vehicle was on it.

Police tracked down the owner of the vehicle and it was the father of the female passenger.

The owner of the Landcruiser said the station wagon had been borrowed by Lammonde.

A search was conducted two days later at the Dalby residence where Lammonde was staying.

Officers seized the vehicle and also took possession of clothes similar to ones shown in the CCTV and allegedly worn by Lammonde.

Dalby police charged him and yesterday he pleaded guilty in Mackay to stealing petrol and using a vehicle for an unlawful offence.

Solicitor David Ritchie, of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, said: “He was in Dalby to see his two sons and he was on his way to see them. He had no money to buy fuel.”

Magistrate Damien Dwyer noted that Lammonde had a history of stealing offences but said the last offence was about five years ago.

However, he warned Lammonde that he was “skating on thin ice” as far as imprisonment went.

Lammonde was fined $1250 and was ordered to pay $480 restitution to the farmer.

Police are expected to ask for another $480 if Lammonde's female partner is convicted.



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