Brickie see, brickie do

AN APPRENTICE bricklayer who stole 50 bricks from a pallet he was delivering to build a fence was following the example of others, the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court has heard.

John Andrew Tidcombe appeared in court last week charged with stealing.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said Tidcombe, 26, was delivering a pallet of bricks to an address in Urraween on February 3 this year when he was seen loading 50 bricks back into his vehicle.

She said Tidcombe was spoken to by police on August 12 and admitted to taking the bricks, worth about $60, to finish the fence in his front yard.

Defence lawyer John Milburn told the court his client had taken the bricks because he saw that kind of conduct “all the time”.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he understood that brick thefts were “fairly prevalent” within the Fraser Coast’s construction industry but warned offenders against that behaviour.

“Just because you see others doing it doesn’t make it right,” Mr Tatnell said.

“It’s costing builders and owners money.”

Tidcombe was fined $600; a conviction was not recorded.



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