New start turns to crime spree
AFTER pleading with Warwick to give him a chance and a job, it seems Steven Robert Clifford Cumner realised a life of crime was easier than any job his homemade sign could generate.
Cumner, 21, captured the attention of The Daily News in February when he appeared to take a proactive approach to his search for employment, by standing on Warwick’s main street with a sign that pleaded for a job and a chance to prove himself to his new home town.
But just one month later, Cumner set out on a crime spree that would leave many local businesses out of pocket.
Cumner appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court on Wednesday on nine criminal charges, including break and enter, stealing and possessing drugs.
Cumner’s crime spree began on March 11 when he broke into Slade campus by breaking two windows.
Alcohol, food and knives valued at more than $2000 were stolen during the incident but the police prosecutor said the knives “miraculously reappeared” afterwards.
On that same night Cumner and two accomplices – who were sentenced to jail for their roles – targeted Creed and Lang, where they entered through a roller door before helping themselves to two bike frames.
The police prosector said the trio were looking for tools so they could steal a car and travel to Victoria.
Not satisfied with the takings from their night of pillaging so far, The Homemakers was the next target on the hit list.
Cumner added a kettle, vacuum and extension cord to his household, courtesy of the Warwick business and these items were recovered by police.
Styan and Lindenberg was targeted on two separate occasions and while Cumner was unsuccessful gaining entry to the business, he did on one occasion help himself to $65 worth of the business’ scrap copper.
An extensive amount of alcohol was stolen by Cumner and others from the Warwick City Band clubhouse on March 3 and he also broke into the Cowboys clubhouse where he unsuccessfully tried to break into the bar with a metal pole.
He did however manage to steal food items such as chiko rolls out of the club’s freezer.
Warwick is not the only town to be deceived by Cumner’s plea for a fair go, with an employment agency in Victoria Point taking him under their wing after he used a seemingly familiar sign to gain the community’s attention.
The employment agency later posted photos of Cumner detailing his successful job hunt on their website, unaware of the chaos he would soon unleash on our town.
Magistrate Thacker said Cumner’s lack of criminal history before moving to Warwick was the only thing that saved him from a jail sentence.
He was sentenced to 15 months probation and was ordered to pay restitution of $520.