Ex-farmer in theft case to apply for bail

Ex-farmer in theft case to apply for bailNarrogin Observer
Sergeant Heidi Melia, Pingaring Golf Club’s Steve Wilson and Constable Jesse Blackbourne.
Camera IconSergeant Heidi Melia, Pingaring Golf Club’s Steve Wilson and Constable Jesse Blackbourne.

A former farmer who allegedly stole $250,000 worth of property during a 10-day crime spree in WA’s south will apply for bail tomorrow after six weeks in jail.

Craig Vernon Stone, 45, appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court by videolink on Friday charged with stealing, burglary and trespass.

The former Pingaring farmer was arrested on December 27 while sleeping in a truck he allegedly stole while on a 10-day crime spree between Wickepin and Kalgarin.

Police allege Mr Stone and another Mandurah man, Darren William Riley, 51, stole tools, fuel, quad bikes, and even a truck from sheds, farms, a golf club and various businesses from December 15.

The pair’s alleged crime spree came to an end as property owners realised they had been burgled and reported stolen items to police between Narrogin and Kondinin.

Mr Riley surrendered himself to police but police said Mr Stone fled.

Mr Stone did not enter a plea on Friday. His lawyer has asked the case be adjourned until February 8, when he would apply for bail.

Mr Riley will appear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on February 11.

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