Boss with alleged bikie ties held over missing vintage car

A BUSINESSMAN with allged bikie affiliations charged over the theft of a vintage car from Maroochydore has been denied bail.

Rodney William Kupfer, 50, the principle of Valdora Earthmoving, appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday on three charges relating to the theft.

A 1949 Holden FX was stolen from a Ridge Road property between May 17 and 25.

Mr Kupfer is charged with entering premises with intent on may 18, stealing a vehicle, and stealing a drill press.

Police opposed bail when he was brought before court.

Prosecutor Tegan Smith said Mr Kupfer was a "participant in a criminal organisation" and required to show cause why he should be granted bail but did not name the bike club he was allegedly associated with.

She said Mr Kupfer had been implicated in the alleged crime by a co-accused who was one of his employees and lived in a property owned by him.

Ms Smith said Mr Kupfer had two previous convictions involving weapons, and a conviction for assault.

She submitted he had a "propensity for violence" and would be an unacceptable risk if granted bail.

But lawyer David James, said he was an established resident of the Sunshine Coast and police would easily have been able to keep an eye on him.

"He's well-known to police. His address is known, his business is known," Mr James said.

"It would seem that police could adequately ensure safety."

Mr James said his client had lived at the same address for the last 23 years and had been at the helm of Valdora Earthmoving for the last 25 years, employing a number of people.

He said Mr Kupfer would undertake not to approach the employee who allegedly implicated him.

"My client is happy to comply with conditions," Mr James said.

Mr James said the amount of time his client could spend in custody if refused bail could outweigh the sentence he might receive if eventually found guilty of the charges.

But Magistrate Barry Barrett refused bail and set the matters down for mention again on July 20.

Two men co-accused are due to appear on July 23.



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