Using stolen credit cards lands machinist in prison

Gladstone Court House, Yarroon Street.

Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer
Gladstone Court House, Yarroon Street. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong GLA281013CORT

BOYNE Island resident Ryan Daniel Condren wasn't home when police knocked at his door with a search warrant.

So another resident let them in and while checking out his bedroom on May 1 officers found credit cards in different names that obviously were not his.

Condren, 38, already in custody, went before Gladstone Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to three counts of receiving tainted property between February 28 and April 8 this year.

The fresh charges were laid after offences of stealing; and entering premises, were withdrawn by police and dismissed by magistrate Richard Lehmann.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the tainted property offences involved Condren having possession of credit cards and a wallet.

In one incident Sgt Stevens said a wallet with cards had been left in a parked 4WD on February 28 and the vehicle had been entered and the items and coins removed.

In another incident credit cards went missing from two addresses in Gladstone around April 8.

In Condren's room police found the wallet and personal papers of the first victim.

Three cards belonging to the second victim were found along with one credit card belonging to a third person.

Sgt Stevens said Condren has seven pages of criminal history with numerous dishonesty offences. And he had previously been sentenced to jail terms.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Condren was a machinist and working up until his arrest and move into the Capricornia prison.

Mr Pepito said that while in jail the mother of Condren's children had died and on his release he would have them in his care.

Mr Lehmann said the only appropriate penalty was prison because Condren had an appalling history for offences of dishonesty that went back to 1998.

He said receiving tainted property was serious because people who were willing to receive such items encouraged the offending.

Mr Lehmann sentenced Condren to six months jail, suspended for two years after he serves two months. It was backdated to his arrest and he will be released in late July.

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