Fuel thief avoids jail
A 45-year-old Murtoa man has avoided jail after pleading guilty to a series of thefts across western Victoria.
The Horsham Magistrates Court heard Terry John Nash broke into the Viterra Freight Terminal twice, stole from several farm properties and four golf clubs between October 2012 and March this year.
He stole more than $12,000 worth of fuel, tools and other items, most of which police found when they raided Nash's Murtoa home earlier this year.
Yesterday, Nash pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including burglary and theft.
In sentencing, magistrate John Lesser said fuel thefts were on the rise and must not be tolerated.
Nash was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years.
He will also have to repay almost $6,000.
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