Addict blames 'ice' for false break-in report

AN ice user who rang police reporting a break-in at a Camperdown property has been ordered to undertake community work.

When police arrived they found no sign of a burglary or damage. 

Andrew Glen, 31, of Robinson Street, Camperdown, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to making a false report to police. He had another 30 hours of community work added to an existing order.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said using crystal methamphetamine made people do strange things, but Glen’s report had led to a waste of police resources.

Police said that shortly before 2am on October 24 last year Glen called triple-0 and reported five people were trying to break in to a Camperdown property.

He said he was watching a live feed on security cameras and the offenders had blacked out one of his cameras.

Colac and Cobden police responded but there was no offence detected and no camera had been blacked out. 

When interviewed by police Glen said he had been using ice at the time he made the report. 

He said ice use made his behaviour “sporadic and irrational”.

Defence counsel Amanda Chambers said her client did believe there had been an attempted break-in at the time he called police.

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