Stolen details fund spending spree

NIMBLE-fingered tradie Bradley Wales deftly leant over the reception counter of a Byron Bay resort and lifted paperwork holding the credit card details of holidaying guests.

Wales, 42, then treated himself to a couple of laptop computers in Byron Bay and Ballina, a camera and a set of turbo hair clippers using the stolen credit card details, with the items costing more than $5000.

Wales, from Booker Bay, NSW, but now living and working in Ballina, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to six offences: four counts of obtaining money/goods by deception on August 29; larceny; and possession of goods suspected of being stolen.

In police documents before the court, Wales used the stolen details to buy a $1599 Asus Laptop notebook, a $1899 Apple Mac notebook, a $780 JVC HD camera, a $1150 HP Compaq laptop, and a $79 set of Phillips turbo hair clippers.

The larceny charge relates to Wales walking into the lobby/reception area of the Beachcomber Resort at 10.30am on August 29, reaching over the unattended front counter and stealing the paperwork holding the credit card details of eight guests expected to arrive that day.

An hour later resort staffbecame aware documents were missing and a check of security camera footage revealed a stealing offence had been committed. They then called the police.

However, before all guests could be contacted and warned, Wales began using their credit and debit card details.

Following his arrest, after he also revealed his own details to some store staff, Wales admitted on-selling the goods.

Among his possessions at a Ballina motel, police found a number of cards belonging to other people, including driver’s licences.

Wales, who police said had previously used the aliases of Flueckiger and Hera-Singh, has pages of prior convictions for offences of dishonesty.

He was granted a continuation of bail and will be sentenced on February 1.

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