NAMED: 19 of Gympie’s most shocking thieves and fraudsters
SNEAKY, brazen, violent or plausible at lying, they conned, threatened and cheated Gympie people out of some of their most valuable property.
But few were worse than the Caston brothers, whose overpriced and dodgy trade work took some of the last savings of their elderly Gympie victims, conning them out of a total approaching $70,000.
Reenarto Caston, 26, was jailed for three years, with 11 months already served and the remainder suspended for five years. Charles Jacob Caston, 29, was jailed for two years and nine months.
Or the Casanova Truckie, David Maxwell Moore, who conned and robbed vulnerable women over a big territory in New South Wales and Queensland. He was jailed for four years, with a year already served and a parole eligibility date last July 30.
Jamie-Lee William Deacon, 27, was already in jail when sentenced to an extra three months for damaging and stealing from cars at a workshop.
Deacon also stole goods from St Vincent de Paul in Gympie, as did Kyrrin Gaye Vinnicombe and Kaitlin Lee Lagosha.
Steven Zen Shootingstar, 39, was found with such an eclectic array of stolen goods, from wheelie bins to a generator and a solar hot water system and road signs, that one reader suggested he must have been preparing for a garage sale.
Carly Catherine Tinker, 43, was the Gympie West school tuck shop volunteer who stole $600 worth of tuck shop takings.
Callum Jay Laird, 25, was conned by his victim when he stole a credit card and demanded its PIN. The victim gave him the wrong number.
Jesse James Clarke, 24, was sentenced to 20 months jail, with 223 days already served for stealing a motorbike, a sword and a phone.
Jodianne Maree Kretschmer, 42, was jailed for stealing more than $45,000 in a campaign of thefts from her employer.
Jason Williams, 39, committed one of the world’s least perfect crimes when he stole soft drinks and sweets from a caravan park vending machine, right under a CCTV camera. He was fined $800 and ordered to pay $1500 to repair the machine.
Renee Frances Male, 24, was jailed in Gympie District Court for a drug-linked knifepoint robbery of a family in their home.
Ashley Brian Schleusener, 42, stole building materials from a work site but said he thought this was acceptable to the owner, as it often was allowed on other sites where he had worked. He was fined $400.
Damien Joel Ewing, 46, took more than $5000 from clients on a false promise of transporting goods for them. He was jailed for eight months for internet fraud and ordered to pay $5190 restitution.
Michael McGregor Franklin, 30, was jailed for three years for burglaries that cost Gympie businesses about $11,000.
Travis Terrence Carsburg, 29, will be eligible for parole in November after being jailed for the gunpoint theft of a car.
And Christian Neil Cherry, 46, stole $6000 from a 16-year-old girl’s carry basket, money which she and her father wanted to use to buy a car.
A PLAN to steal drugs was the motive behind an alleged violent home invasion in Rifle Range Rd, Gympie District Court was told yesterday.
Judge Glen Cash said one of the men, Kyle Andrew Alve, was alleged to have been part of an armed three-man group which burst into the home and attacked a man, demanding drugs.
Judge Cash said the charges involved allegations the group had broken into the home, while armed, threatening violence at night and causing grievous bodily harm.