Serial thief sent to prison after selling stolen van

A MAN who stole a bag with $800 from a Bell St restaurant and fraudulently sold a stolen caravan has been sent to jail.

Troy Matthew Bravo, 40, has pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to fraud, unlawful possession of a motor vehicle and two counts of stealing.

The court heard on New Year's Eve 2013 Bravo and a woman were sitting in a Holden Commodore on Bell St outside the Noodle City restaurant. The court heard, while they were in the car an employee of the store walked inside carrying a cloth bag containing $800 cash.

When the two employees of the store walked out of the store Bravo walked inside and took the bag. He and the woman then drove back to his Raceview home.

The court heard Bravo later handed himself to police and made full admissions to the theft.

In May last year a Jayco Finch caravan was reported stolen from an address in Raceview. The court heard the owner of the caravan saw the same trailer being towed on a road in October. The owner followed the car and told the person in possession it was stolen.

The court heard the owner had just bought the trailer from Bravo, who had sold it for $500, for which Bravo was arrested. The trailer was returned to the original owner.

Bravo also pleaded guilty to stealing a Ryobi accessory kit from Cannon Hill Bunnings in 2012.

Defence lawyer Yasser Khan told the court Bravo had no capacity to pay any restitution for the stolen property and he had been taken back into custody after his parole was suspended for committing these offences.

Mr Khan said after stealing the bag of money from Noodle City, Bravo had realised he'd done the wrong thing and handed himself in.

Magistrate Donna McCallum said Bravo had a long history of committing offences of dishonesty.

She sentenced him to a six-month prison sentence with an immediate parole eligibility date, but noted he was unlikely to be granted parole for a number of months.

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