Gnome on grass
Gnome on grass Miles Davies

If only thief had gnome better

Aayden Jeremy Banks pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today after trying to sell garden ornaments stolen from Emerald homes online.

Banks was brought to police attention after attempting to sell a stolen wizard lawn ornament, which held sentimental value for its owners, along with several other ornaments on Facebook.

Even after he was contacted by two women online alerting him to the fact they were stolen, he made no attempts to return them to their owners.

Police discovered the "distinctive" wizard ornament at Banks' home while executing a search warrant along with six garden ornaments stolen from other houses.

The defendant told police his house mate's girlfriend told him to sell them online.

A sign stolen from the Emerald Harvey Norman was also found during the search with Banks alleging his house mate stole it.

Banks, who has a history of dishonesty offences, was sentenced to eight months probation and must return all the stolen property to its rightful owners.


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