Dud call made on mobile phones sees man in Hervey Bay court

A DOPEY crime has resulted in a Hervey Bay delivery driver being fired from his job.

Phillip Lindsay Edmunds pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to stealing four mobile phones from his employer to sell for marijuana.

Unfortunately for Edmunds, the phones were broken and his boss was delivering them for repairs.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said the phones were stolen between March 25 and May 14.

Snr Const Kunkel said Edmunds' employer, Toll Priority, grew suspicious when the phones never made it to their destination to be repaired.

The police were informed, and when officers searched Edmunds' home the phones were found, Snr Const Kunkel said.

The police also found six marijuana seeds at Edmunds' home, he said.

The court heard Edmunds managed to sell one of the phones for $280, which he was going to use to buy marijuana.

Snr Const Kunkel said Edmunds had to return that money to the buyer immediately, once they realised the phone was a dud.

Duty lawyer Justin Geldard said Edmunds had worked at the company for four years before committing the crime to fund his drug habit.

"He is now unemployed," Mr Geldard said.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted Edmunds' history of drug offences, and also the seriousness of an employee stealing from their employer.

"You were in a position of trust," Mr Tatnell said.

Edmunds received a sentence of 18 months' probation.

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