While Brandon George Carr was on bail for stealing from the Beerwah Fire Station, he stole a car and assaulted a police officer.
While Brandon George Carr was on bail for stealing from the Beerwah Fire Station, he stole a car and assaulted a police officer. Contributed

Fire station thief jailed for 41-charge crime spree

JUST one year of smoking methamphetamine was enough to send a man on a downward spiral of crime which included stealing a car from a fire station while workers were out on a job.

Brandon George Carr, 22, pleaded guilty to 41 offences in Maroochydore Magistrates Court following a drug-fuelled, three-month crime spree which tainted his minimal criminal history.

On May 25, when fire fighters from the Beerwah Fire Station were attending to a strawberry truck rollover, Carr and a juvenile broke in and stole fire-fighting and rescue equipment and the worker's personal cars.

The father-of-four was arrested the next day and granted watchhouse bail, but less than two weeks later he was caught driving a stolen car.

When he was arrested at a nearby unit block, he tried to run away.

An officer's finger was fractured in the scuffle.

Carr's charges included counts of unlawful use of a vehicle, serious assault of a police officer, breach of bail condition and enter premises with intent.

Lawyer James Allen told the court his client had started smoking ice in the 12 months prior to the offences, with his use increasing in the past six months.

"He's expressed to me sorrow for what he's done," Mr Allen said.

Carr's family and current partner were in court to support him.

Magistrate Graham Hillan took into account Carr's "timely plea" and co-operation with police when handing down a head sentence of two years' imprisonment.

Given the 143 days Carr has already spent in prison, he will be released on parole in February next year.



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