Putting stolen bike up for sale on Facebook ends in fine

PUTTING a stolen mountain bike up for sale on his Facebook page has left a Toowoomba man with a sizeable fine and no bike.

Police acting on information received that a mountain bike was being offered for sale for $800 on Facebook had gone to the house of Callum James Penberthy-Gwyther on November 27, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

The 25-year-old told police a friend, who he didn't name, had given him the bike.

Suspecting the mountain bike to be one of six stolen from Downlands College weeks earlier, police checked the bike's serial number which confirmed it was one of those bikes, police prosecutor Nikola Prince told the court.

That model bike sold new for about $1200, she said.

While speaking with Penberthy-Gwyther, police noticed the strong smell of cannabis and he admitted to having a "bong" for smoking the drug in his bedroom.

Also found in the bedroom was an electric grinder with about 1g of chopped cannabis leaf, Ms Prince said.

Penberthy-Gwyther pleaded guilty to receiving tainted property and possessing a dangerous drug and utensils.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined him $900 and ordered the bike be returned to its rightful owner. 



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