Two held on steal charges

By MADELEINE DOHERTY

A COUPLE from the Banora Point Caravan Park are being held in custody, facing 67 charges relating to breaking and entering and stealing goods worth up to $150,000.

Shane Burnett O'Toole, 38, and Shantel Whitfield, 30, appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court earlier this week, pleading not guilty and applying for bail.

Charges relate to incidents at Billinudgel, Outrigger at Salt, Peppers Resort, Bogangar, Kingscliff, Tweed Heads South and Stotts Creek Pound.

The stolen items include tools, CDs, golf accessories, clothing, electric goods and a car.

They were also charged with stealing a dog from the council pound.

Solicitor Cameron Bell, representing the couple, applied for bail, arguing the evidence was circumstantial, with the goods found in a storage shed attached to the accuseds' property and some "ambiguous phone taps".

He said there was no indication they would flee, as the couple were facing similar matters in Queensland and had not broken bail.

"If your honour will accept my opinion this is very circumstantial evidence," Mr Bell said.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said investigations into the matter were ongoing and it was expected more charges would be laid.

"It's gone from bad to worse and bail is refused," Mr Linden said.

The matter has now been referred to Lismore District Court.



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