DIY man helps himself to wood

By MEGAN GENRICH STORMING Callum John Lahz wanted to build a veranda for his house - so he simply reached inot the next yard and helped himself to a pile of wood.

Unfortunately for Lahz, the neighbour's yard was a construction site monitored by security cameras.

Thinking he was doing nothing wrong the keen home renovator began constructing a veranda from his find.

His DIY project came to a swift halt when police confronted him two days later.

Yesterday Lahz pleaded guilty to stealing $650 worth of timber.

In the Ipswich Magistrates Court, the 23-year-old Ipswich storeman pleaded guilty to one count each of stealing and fraud and two charges of unlicensed driving.

Prosecutor Sergeant Matt Donnelly said Lahz was captured on camera taking timber from the site and placing it over his fence on February 13.

The fraud charge stems from 2004 when Lahz used his stepfather's credit card to buy two CDs from a music store at Caloundra.

Coincidentally, on the same day Lahz had been captured taking the timber, he was also pulled over for a random breath test, during which police discovered he had never held a licence.

When police first arrived to question Lahz on February 15, another person at his home told police he was driving his child to school.

Defence lawyer Erin Beer said Lahz thought the timber was scrap material.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said he found it hard to believe Lahz thought the timber was leftovers and fined him $350.

He was also ordered to pay $650 to the rightful owner.

For the driving offences he was fined $400 and lost his licence for one month. Convictions were recorded.



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