Siblings' sell stolen lawn-mower on Facebook in 'prank'

SIBLINGS Roman Ross and sister Stephanie Maree Ross somehow found themselves with a stolen lawn mower. But then its owner spotted his useful garden apparatus for sale on Facebook.

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He went and took a look then called Gladstone police.

Stephanie Ross, 21, and Roman Ross, 19, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to receiving tainted property (mower), and one count of fraud at Sun Valley in March 2016.

Prosecutor Darrell Dalton said police were told a person bought the mower on Facebook for $50 and by "swapping" another item.

Sergeant Dalton said Stephanie told police "a third person" came to the family home with the mower, saying they could keep or sell it.

Stephanie Ross (Facebook).
Stephanie Ross (Facebook).

Stephanie admitted to being the person who advertised and sold the mower on Facebook.

Sgt Dalton said the victim sought $250 compensation for the fraud.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said this third person had been trying to ask Stephanie out.

Magistrate Melanie Ho told Stephanie it had been "a very naive act" with unusual circumstances.

Stephanie was fined $300, a conviction not recorded.

She was ordered to pay $125 as her compensation share.

Roman Ross also pleaded to stealing car ramps, a vacuum cleaner, battery pack and hydraulic lift.

Sgt Dalton said the gear went missing from a caravan park in October 2014.

It was seen by a witness being loaded into a car boot and Roman identified as one of the males by a witness.

The victim saw items advertised on Facebook and went to the address where he also recognised a water-pressure gurney

Sgt Dalton said Roman told police a third person had dropped around with the water gurney and given a mower to his sister.

Mr Pepito said the items were taken from a man, a close family friend, "as a prank".

Roman was fined $300 and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid community service.

He told the court he had already paid $125 compensation.

ROSS IRBY


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