A Terang teenager accused of stealing and dumping several vehicles, including a $60,000 Ford Ranger ute, has been released on bail.
Dylan Bausch, 19, of Swanston Street, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court charged with theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, theft, attempted theft and theft from a motor vehicle.
He successfully applied for bail with conditions he report to Warrnambool police station three times a week, abide by a 10pm to 6am curfew, present at the front door of his home on police request during curfew hours and take part in the Court Integrated Services Program.
The prosecution withdrew charges of attempted burglary and damage-related offences.
Lawyer Ian Pugh said Bausch would plead guilty to the remaining charges in January.
Senior Constable Rachael McMahon, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the offending occurred between 10pm on Friday and 7am on Saturday.
She alleged Bausch stole an unlocked white Holden Rodeo from a property in Panmure’s Hovards Road before dumping it on Laang-Garvoc Road in Laang.
She told the court that he attended properties in Terang’s Tobin Street, Estcourt Street, Bolivar Street and Princes Highway and stole a specialised hiking backpack, a Microsoft tablet and two sets of car keys.
At 4.30am he attempted to steal a white Holden ute but the engine wouldn’t start.
He located a set of keys for a blue Statesman, which was stolen and later dumped on Panmure’s Old Township Road.
Then at 5.30am Bausch allegedly stole a black Ford Ranger ute.
It was found extensively damaged and dumped on top of a pile of rubbish at the Warrnambool cemetery about 7am.
Senior Constable McMahon said three offenders were seen walking away from the vehicle.
She said Bausch was arrested after a foot chase. He was found in possession of two sets of car keys and a cattle prod.
He made a no comment interview.
Magistrate Dan Muling said Bausch was facing a “smorgasbord of serious offending”.
“People in the bush trust others to not knock their property off,” he said.
“At the moment it’s all about you, you obviously have no idea of the impact this has on the community.”
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