Servo drink stop brings car thief undone
STOPPING at a service station to get a drink contributed to Stephen John Evans being caught for his part in the theft of a classic Holden car.
The 44-year-old fronted Maroochydore Magistrates Court today to plead guilty to towing a 1949 FX Holden sedan on a trailer from a Maroochydore shed on May 18.
The court heard Evans was an employee of Valdora Earthmoving and had been working on a site near a Ridge Rd property where the car was stored in a shed.
Police said Evans' boss, Rodney William Kupfer, had called Evans and told him to bring a white Toyota LandCruiser ute and trailer to the job site on May 18.
The police prosecutor said Kupfer and another man then winched the car from its shed onto the trailer before Evans was told to take the car to the Valdora Earthmoving yard at Yandina.
CCTV footage taken from a service station on David Low Way on May 18 showed a white LandCruiser towing an FX Holden on a trailer.
The driver, Evans, had stopped to buy a drink.
Evans was arrested and charged with the theft after a raid in June on a Ninderry Rd property at Yandina where he was living.
The Holden was later found at Kenilworth and returned to its owner.
It was alleged Kupfer had links to the Rebels motorcycle club but that was not the case for Evans.
Kupfer pleaded guilty in July to his role in the theft and was sentenced to 18 months in prison but has since been released from custody.
Defence lawyer Michael Robinson said Evans had worked for Valdora Earthmoving for 12 months as a truck driver.
Mr Robinson said Evans was doing what he was told when he took the vehicle but did at some point realise it was stolen.
"He has gone along with it because this employer is not the sort of person you cross," Mr Robinson said.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy fined Evans $750 for his involvement in the theft and ordered him to pay $66 restitution toward the cost of the vehicle's return.
He was fined another $500 for drug matters.