Dean Jason Dreyer has faced court for stealing posts from an industrial area.
Dean Jason Dreyer has faced court for stealing posts from an industrial area.

Construction boss steals $4k of posts from industrial area

A construction boss who stole plastic-wrapped posts from a steel fabricator in the middle of the night says he thought they were scrap metal.

Dean Jason Dreyer was on Wednesday placed on probation for the theft at Kunda Park’s industrial area about 12.30am on December 17.

Dreyer, 33, was caught on CCTV driving into a business complex before loading four bundles of steel posts onto his vehicle from a pallet.

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Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard each bundle contained 10 new posts tied together with plastic wrap.

“The informant arrived the following morning and observed the steel bundles to be missing,” police prosecutor Rebecca Lambert said.

“They were valued at $4000.”

Police searched Dreyer’s home after viewing the CCTV footage.

The stolen property was found inside as well as a homemade pipe and the stem of a marijuana plant.

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Dreyer told police he believed the posts were scrap metal but knew he didn’t have permission to take them.

He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing, possessing property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence, possessing dangerous drugs, and trespass.

The court heard he had previously received probation for drug offences.

Defence lawyer Lachlan Ygoa McKeown said his client moved to Australia as a teenager from South Africa were upcycling was more common.

He said Dreyer’s mental health suffered after his construction business was left about $250,000 out of pocket due to an unpaid contract.

“It meant he couldn’t pay the people he had arranged contracts with,” Mr Ygoa McKeown said.

He said Dreyer was removed from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission register as a result.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said, given Dreyer’s difficulties, probation was an appropriate penalty.

Dreyer was placed on probation for six months.

No conviction was recorded.