Police sink teens' bid to steal boat

TEENAGERS Max Harold Fitton and Ricky Brian Marks wanted to go fishing but they didn't have a boat, so they set out to steal one, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Fitton later told police he had spotted a boat and trailer in the Westco Trucks yard on McDougall St and told Marks about it, prosecutor Constable Vicki Kennedy-Grills told the court.

About 9.20pm, February 20, the two 18-year-olds had driven to the yard and cut a hole through a wire fence to gain access.

The pair then wheeled the 4.5m tinny and trailer through the hole in the fence to hook up to Marks' utility.

However, a witness had spotted the would-be theft and called police who arrived as the pair was still trying to latch the boat and trailer to the ute.

Const. Kennedy-Grills said the pair left the boat and drove off, but were stopped by police not far away.

In separate appearances before the court yesterday, both teenagers pleaded guilty to charges of entering a premises with intent and unlawful possession of a motor vehicle.

Defence solicitors Brad Skuse, for Marks, and Claire Graham, for Fitton, told the court their respective clients had no previous criminal history at all and both clients admitted the plan to take the boat had been a "stupid idea".

Both teens were employed and remorseful for their behaviour, the court heard.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck placed each teen on 12 months probation without recording convictions.

Because Marks had driven that night, he was disqualified from driving for three months.

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