Vehicle theft lands serial offender in local court

A MAN charged over a string of brazen offences, including the theft of $170,000 worth of property, has pleaded guilty before the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

Beau Michael Jones, 21, appeared before Magistrate Robert Walker on Tuesday, facing multiple charges from four separate incidents on the Coffs Coast.

On February 20 this year, Jones was on parole when he drove his car into a construction site at the Pacific Hwy upgrade at Urunga, causing his vehicle to become bogged in the unfinished section of road.

The previous night, Jones and a companion slept at the Urunga Caravan Park after Jones managed to find an unlocked cabin at the site.

The unscheduled stay came as a surprise to staff members who discovered the couple in the cabin the next morning.

After a confrontation, Jones got into his vehicle and drove over the park manager's foot as he and his companion fled the scene.

Jones continued towards the Pacific Hwy near Martells Rd, where he attempted to reverse his vehicle through a locked gate.

Unable to knock it to the ground, Jones climbed over the gate before starting a nearby cherry picker which he used to pull the gate from the ground.

He then returned to his vehicle and drove 500m on the unfinished section of highway before the car became bogged in clay.

Jones then poured a can of petrol over the vehicle and lit it on fire before fleeing into nearby bushland with his companion.

The pair arranged for friends to pick them up, but were stopped by police and arrested a short time later in Urunga.

Jones' court matters date back to June last year, when he was involved in the theft of three vehicles from a car dealership in Coffs Harbour.

The offences were committed with Taylor Ware, 30, who was this week named as one of NSW's most-wanted criminals as part of the national Operation Roam campaign.

On June 19, Jones and Ware were among those wanted for breaking into Mike Blewitt Ford and stealing two Ford Rangers, a DMX utility and other items.

They entered the property by cutting a hole in the rear fence and used crates to avoid motion sensor devices.

The next day police found items from the vehicles during a property search in Coffs Harbour.

The three vehicles were later found destroyed by fire in Orara State Forest.

Ten days after the robbery, Jones and Ware stole another vehicle from Hydraulics Hot Line, which was discovered by police in Crossmaglen Rd in Bonville on July 1.

Jones was arrested on July 23 at Caltex Service Station on the Pacific Hwy.

Jones also pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving and the theft of $161.22 of fuel from two service stations in November.

Magistrate Walker adjourned sentencing until October 20.



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