Men caught with stolen church wine and pictures

A MAN who was caught with a wheelie bin full of wooden doors and paintings that had been stolen from St Mary's Church has been placed on a good behaviour bond.

James Roy Quinn, 37, yesterday pleaded guilty to receiving tainted property, creating a public nuisance, shoplifting and four counts of stealing.

The court heard Quinn and another man were stopped by police on Friday, May 31, when they were seen pushing wheelie bins through the Ipswich CBD.

Police found wooden doors and religious pictures inside Quinn's bin and sacramental wine inside the other man's.

Police later found the goods had been stolen from St Mary's Church. Days later, police searched Quinn's house and found the doors and paintings there. He changed his story, claiming he bought them at a country fair.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a garden hose from behind shops on the corner of Thorn and Limestone streets, shoplifting chocolate from a store in the Ipswich mall, clothing and shoes from Riverlink Target and KMart and creating a public nuisance outside the mall cinemas.

Quinn was placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for six months.

The court also heard the case of a woman "connected" to Quinn who fraudulently sold a LCD TV stolen from St Steven's Presbyterian Church on Limestone St.

Elizabeth Mary McCahill, 54, pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to fraud and receiving tainted property.

She claimed she was the owner of the TV when pawning it to Pennywise Ipswich for a $110 loan.

Magistrate Michael Quinn noted the connection between the two offenders when McCahill's case was read out.

McCahill was also placed on a $500 good behaviour bond for six months.



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