A Townsville man has been fined over $27,000 for stealing the same ten head of sheep twice.
After the sheep were reported missing from a Bluewater property in July, 2018, the 42-year-old man was charged in November 2018 for stock stealing and two counts of unlawfully using stock.
It was alleged the man had stolen the same sheep in June 2018.
On August 7 2019 the man was fined a total of $27,773 in the Townsville Magistrates Court.
“The Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) takes the offence of stock stealing very seriously and would encourage anyone who has been the victim of stock stealing to report it to police.
“We would further encourage anyone who has information relating to the stealing of livestock that may assist us with our investigations, to contact us,” Detective Sergeant Mark Hogenelst from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) said.