Call records track thief
WARREN Edward Stevens pleaded guilty to one charge of receiving tainted property in the Emerald Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Schapcott told the court the Emerald BP store reported an LG mobile phone, valued at $161.34, stolen on December 7, 2010.
The next day, police conducted call record checks which revealed Mr Steven’s SIM card had been activated in the stolen phone.
On December 24, police questioned Mr Stevens who denied ever owning the phone, and stated he had no knowledge of it.
Two days later on December 26, he declined an electronic interview at the station.
Police subsequently charged him with the single offence.
Sgt Schapcott told the court restitution would not be sought due to the fact the phone was never located by police.
Mr Stevens, 21, was fined $450 and the conviction was not recorded.