THEFT: A Collinsville woman has admitted to rummaging through unlocked cars. Photo: Sharyn O’Neill FILE PHOTO
THEFT: A Collinsville woman has admitted to rummaging through unlocked cars. Photo: Sharyn O’Neill FILE PHOTO

Drunk woman rifles through cars outside Collinsville Motel

A COLLINSVILLE woman who searched through a motel carpark to find unlocked cars has admitted to rifling through the vehicles to find items to steal and took off with the loot.

Brittany Therese Van Wyk pleaded guilty to three charges at Bowen Magistrates Court this week, including entering premises with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Emma Myors told the court Van Wyk searched through three cars that were parked outside Collinsville Motel a little after midnight in May.

Sgt Myors said Van Wyk first stole a camera and charging cords from a Toyota LandCruiser.

The court heard she then took a NAB card, fuel card and portable speaker from a different LandCruiser.

Sgt Myors said Van Wyk also rummaged through a third vehicle but "found nothing of interest".

 

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The 22 year old was later identified through CCTV footage and during an interview with police she admitted to checking cars in the carpark and entering the ones that were unlocked.

The court heard some of the stolen items were returned, but the speaker and cards were not.

Lawyer Peta Vernon appeared for Van Wyk, telling the court she had been working as a labourer and had been living in Collinsville for a couple of years.

Ms Vernon said when Van Wyk woke the day after stealing the items she felt "instant regret".

"She instructs she was very intoxicated and has little memory of the offending itself," Ms Vernon said.

Magistrate James Morton said there was no excuse for rummaging through people's cars.

"I must say it's strange to see somebody of your age looking out to thieve," he said.

Mr Morton sentenced Van Wyk to nine months' probation and ordered she pay $110 restitution for the stolen speaker.


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