FUEL THIEVES: Ipswich Court, Jacob Charter, Matthew Webb, Brenten Dal Pastro.
FUEL THIEVES: Ipswich Court, Jacob Charter, Matthew Webb, Brenten Dal Pastro. Inga Williams

Teens steal petrol in fuelish break-in

A GROUP of drunken thieves can't remember what they did with a 20-litre drum of fuel they stole from an aircraft hanger.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, friends Brenten Dal Pastro, 18, Matthew Webb, 18, and Jacob Charter, 18, pleaded guilty to the theft.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said the teens broke into the hanger in Atkinson Dam about 5am on August 2.

The trio gained access to the hanger by kicking in the rear roller door then lifting it up.

Security footage showed the teenagers search the site using a camera light on a mobile phone as a torch, before making off with the fuel.

The owner of the hanger, 67-year-old Robert Thompson, reported the break-in to police the following day.

One of the thieves, Dal Pastro, had wore his brother's work shirt - with the company logo on it - during the theft, which police were able to identify.

The trio were later found and apprehended by police.

Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges said the teens had no criminal history prior to the offence and were all employed.

Mr Hodges said his clients had been on a drunken walk home when they came across the hanger and decided to break in and steal the fuel.

He said the young men had lost the drum that night and could not remember what happened to it.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove warned the teens stealing was an offence which could see them thrown in prison.

"I can assure you all that none of you would enjoy even a short stay in jail," Mr Cosgrove said.

Charter and Dal Pastro were fined $250 and ordered to pay $61.60 in restitution.

Webb was fined an extra $100 because he had been uncooperative with police during their investigations.


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