Latest thefts result in jail for Timboon man

A TIMBOON man with a history of dishonesty offences has been jailed for stealing a four-wheel motorbike.

Stewart William Lambert, 26, previously of Rands Road, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and making a false report to police.

Lambert appeared via video link from Port Phillip prison where he is serving a 15-month jail sentence, with a non-parole period of eight months, for offending including burning a stolen truck during a drunken fishing trip.

The court yesterday heard that on February 25, 2012, Lambert and two co-accused, Anthony McKenzie and Scott McKay, both from Timboon, went to a diary farm on the Port Campbell-Curdievale Road to steal petrol.

Lambert cut a padlock and filled a 70-litre jerry can. They then entered the unlocked rotary dairy and stole a quad bike.

The court heard the motorbike was sold by Lambert to a third party. It was later recovered.

On July 24 last year Lambert and a co-accused, his partner, used her mobile phone to call police and make a false report of domestic violence at his ex-partner’s home.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said Lambert had a history of dishonesty offences but took into account his guilty plea.

Lambert was jailed for six months, with two months suspended for 12 months. He was also disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay a third of restitution costs for the petrol theft.

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