Sneaky trips to car wash catch up with tradie

A TRADIE who went off to a Mr Magic car wash in Ipswich wasn't there for the soap suds.

Instead, Matthew Manson took his tools and broke in to steal thousands of dollars in cash.

Then struck another two times, but his sneaky trips to the car wash eventually caught up with the tradie.

Matthew Peter Manson, 36, a concreter from North Booval, appeared in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to a series of offences including enter premises by break to steal; two counts of enter premises with intent; driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle; and having false plates attached to a vehicle.

Police prosecutor Ricky Tsoi said Manson went to Mr Magic car wash at Booval on November 21 last year and broke in, and stole $2200.

He used tools to break into a machine (to access the cash).

Then returned twice in April and stole $2000.

On January 22, he used an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle that had another vehicle's registration plates attached.

Mr Tsoi confirmed to the magistrate David Shepherd that police sought $2000 restitution.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Manson had been held in custody over seven months for other matters and was due for parole release on December 27.

But Mr Fairclough accepted further punishment must be imposed for the dishonesty offences.

Mr Fairclough said Manson had drug problems that led to his offending but said his client was now clean.

Mr Shepherd sentenced Manson to 12 months' jail on each of the dishonesty offences - immediately suspended for 18 months.

Manson was fined $500 for the motor vehicle offences. And will still be released to parole on December 27.



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