DROPPING his car to a private car detailer for a clean-up earlier this month will be a decision one local builder is likely to regret for some time to come.
What the Grafton man didn't know, presumably, was that his supposed car detailer, Ashley Dean Roux, 24, of South Grafton had a long history of criminal activity including being previously jailed for car theft.
Grafton Local Court heard the man dropped his car to a Bush Dr, South Grafton, address on Sunday, February 2, and arranged with Roux to collect the vehicle that afternoon.
As agreed, the man went to pick up the car about 6pm, but was told by Roux's girlfriend and co-accused, Kristie Moon, that she didn't know where it was.
The builder called police and reported his car stolen.
Roux, with Moon, was caught in southern NSW 10 days later during which time he said he had travelled 18,000km to the Northern Territory and back.
He was sentenced this week to four months in jail.