A DELACOMBE man who was on bail for serious theft and weapon charges when he allegedly stole two boats from a local business was granted bail yesterday.
Ballarat Magistrates Court heard Trevor Scott, 20, was arrested by police over the theft after a man he sold one of the boats to allegedly took a photograph of the boat with Scott standing next to it.
Opposing bail, Senior Constable Mark Howard told the court Scott allegedly broke into Ballarat Marine Centre about 3.15am on August 27 this year, before fleeing with two boats valued at $11,000.
Senior Constable Howard said video footage from the business showed Scott stealing the boats, while two men who allegedly received the stolen boats were also found by police.
The court heard Scott allegedly sold one boat to a man for $1700 and the man took a photograph of the boat with Scott standing next to it before sealing the deal.
The other boat was found at a Linton home before it was revealed Scott allegedly swapped the boat for a car.
At the time of the offending, Scott was on bail for a string of offences stemming from a search on his Delacombe home in which police allegedly found a shotgun, drugs, jewellery and pepper spray.
Senior Constable Howard said Scott allegedly failed to attend court for the prior matters and had repeatedly ignored his bail conditions.
He said Scott’s “complete disregard for the law” included an extensive criminal history including convictions for affray and burglary.
Scott’s defence lawyer David Tamanika said his client had suffered a “very difficult upbringing” involving a father who was currently serving more than four years’ jail for serious drug trafficking offences.
Magistrate Michelle Hodgson said the only reason she was granting Scott’s bail was his age.
“You are only 20,” she said.
Scott was placed on a 9pm to 7am curfew and ordered to report to the Ballarat police station every day.
He will re-appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court on October 17 for a mention hearing.