Friend pawns borrowed washer
WHEN Nathan Mitchell Jenkins' friend lent him his high-pressure washer, he reasonably expected to have it returned a week later.
But instead of returning the appliance, Jenkins headed for the closest Cash Converters and pawned it to make a quick buck.
Jenkins borrowed the pressure cleaner from his friend in April this year on the condition he return it a week later.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told Bundaberg Magistrates Court Jenkins had asked to borrow the Gerni to wash his driveway.
"There were numerous requests to have it returned," Sgt Stevens said.
"On May 1, the defendant attended Hervey Bay Cash Converters and pawned it for $150."
On July 16, police officers seized the pressure cleaner from the shop and took it up with Jenkins.
"He said he didn't return it because the complainant owed him $800," Sgt Stevens said.
"Restitution of $150 is sought for Hervey Bay Cash Converters."
Jenkins pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of fraud and stealing.
Lawyer Chris Schrader said Jenkins was a young man with little criminal history.
"He's indicated remorse by an early plea of guilty," Mr Schrader said.
He said Jenkins, who was currently unemployed, had worked on trawlers in the past and was due to start work with a Bundaberg-based mowing company.
"He is a trained fire officer," Mr Schrader said.
Magistrate Jennifer Batts fined Jenkins $450 and ordered he pay $150 to Cash Converters Hervey Bay. No conviction was recorded.