Would-be thieves caught in act by employees

TWO would-be thieves caught in the act by employees turning up to work in Toowoomba have admitted to their offending.

Ross Ian Burgess, 36, and Frank Herbert Bond, 33, were caught red-handed by workers turning up for the morning shift at Easternwell's machinery yard in Greenwattle St about 6.30am Wednesday.

Employees called police who soon nabbed the duo as they tried to leave the scene.

The pair spent the night in custody before appearing in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday on one charge each of entering a premises to commit an indictable offence by break and six counts of enter premises with intent.

"That's all one yard, not seven different places," a handcuffed Burgess called from the court dock.

"Thank you, Mr Burgess," a smiling Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck replied.

The charges arise from the break-in of locked storage units on the grounds of Easternwell and Neil Mansell Transport.

Burgess was also charged with possessing a small amount of methylamphetamine and a drug utensil found on him when arrested.

Duty solicitor Sarah Gordon, for both men, told the court each of her clients entered pleas of guilty to all of their respective charges.

Ms Gordon said there would be no application for bail and asked for a date for both men to be sentenced via video link from the prison.

Mr Schemioneck therefore remanded both men in custody and adjourned the case for sentence by prison video link to the same court on February 5.


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