Crime spree costs man $1600 for 17 charges

By Riverine Herald

A MOAMA man who went on a crime spree in Echuca earlier this year will have to pay $1600 restitution and complete 100 hours community work.

Joshua Crow, 26, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to 17 charges including burglary and theft.

Police prosecutor Acting Sergeant Sally Mannell told the court Mr Crow broke into Graham Hydraulics on the weekend of April 7 and 8, 2018.

‘‘He stole blue-handled side cutters. He then cut through Maxwells Hospitality and Catering Supplies and entered Neil’s Transport where he stole a hammer and WD40,’’ she said.

‘‘He then forced open the rear door of Mayes Alignment and Suspension and stole bolt cutters and a set of Ford car keys.

‘‘He then broke through a fence at the Salvation Army and attempted entry into a Ford van.’’

Police attended Mayes at 2.30am on April 8 and spoke to a security guard, locating the padlock cut by the accused.

Mr Crow was then located at Bunnings Echuca by a manager and security guard with the stolen bolt cutters and side cutters in his possession.

‘‘Police attended and he was arrested and conveyed to Echuca Police Station, where he admitted in an interview he did not have permission to be at Mayes or Bunnings,’’ Acting Sgt Mannell said.

‘‘He claimed he’d always had the side cutters but had stolen the bolt cutters.’’

Mr Crow’s lawyer Matt Mahady said his client had previously offended in 2013 and 2014, but had a massive turnaround.

‘‘He obtained fulltime work employed as a dairy farmer and got into a relationship,’’ he said.

‘‘But when he separated from his partner, things went downhill again. He started associating with unhelpful peers and using methamphetamine around January this year to cope with the separation.

‘‘He’s stopped using meth since offending but continues cannabis use.’’

Mr Crow was ordered to complete a 15-month community corrections order with 100 hours community work, as well as drug abuse or dependency treatment and offending behaviour programs.

He was also ordered to pay $1600 in damages.