Teen caught for allegedly trying to use stolen bank card

A TEENAGER has been busted for allegedly trying to use a stolen bank card.

It was alleged that Brandon Hastings and a co-accused friend attempted to use a stolen Visa Pay Wave card to purchase items at a self-serve checkout at a Big W in Booval. The pair was brought to the attention of police after the card was rejected.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, Mr Hastings appeared in the dock accused of attempted fraud, attempted stealing and unlawful possession of suspected stolen property.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston alleged Hastings had also been found in possession of two more bank cards which didn't belong to him. Officers phoned the owners of the cards who said they had lost their wallets during cricket practice a day earlier.

In applying for bail, defence lawyer Leah Scott said the 19-year-old was currently on bail for wilful damage and evade fare charges but did not have an "extensive" criminal history.

She said her client's risk of reoffending could be adequately managed under strict bail conditions. Hastings was granted bail on the conditions he report to police twice a week and not contact his co-accused friend.

He is due back in court on January 14.



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