Shopping spree lands man in court

A QUEENSLAND man went on a $1600 one-day spending spree with someone else’s credit card during a series of break-ins at Byron Bay and Kingscliff, the Lismore Local Court has heard.

Jason Anstee, 35, of Hervey Bay, appeared in the court this week accused of 13 counts of obtaining money by deception, along with separate aggravated break and enter charges.

His alleged crime spree started at Byron Bay in January 2008, with break-ins at two Lighthouse Road homes.

At one home he is accused of making off with a laptop computer, a video camera, a digital still camera, an iPod, a mobile phone and $20 cash. At the next he took more items including the residents’ Volkswagen Golf hatchback – to carry it all away in.

On a later date at Kingscliff he fleeced another home, making off with an Xbox games console, games, a mobile phone and, critically, a wallet containing a credit card.

That card sent Anstee on a day-long spending spree where he blew $1636.29.

His case is due back in the court on June 8.



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