'Lookout' gets community service

A DUMP thief who fled when police arrived has been ordered to perform 140 hours of community service.

William Ryce Madden was one of four people to break into the Riverview Refuse Centre on March 11 to steal electrical goods.

Madden, 24, was inside the dump precinct with another man while two more accused waited by the car. The group had broken in by cutting a large hole in a wire fence with bolt cutters.

As security apprehended the group and were waiting for police, Madden and his three friends fled in the car, with the boot open.

They scraped a security car on the way out and smashed a television on the bitumen.

The group was arrested soon after and Madden pleaded guilty yesterday at Ipswich Magistrates Court to trespass, stealing and wilful damage, and consented to performing community service.

Madden's lawyer told the court he was more of a "look out" during the offence.



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