Man jailed again after stealing dog and hammer attack

THE alleged ringleader of a car re-birthing gang, which stole two classic utes during a Monaro Nationals event in Warwick, has breached his parole by stealing a dog and hitting a man with a hammer.

Norman Dale Potts, 44, has a long rap sheet for stealing boats, trailers and other vehicles across south-east Queensland and northern NSW, then forging documents to have them registered with the transport department to be on-sold.

He was arrested over the Warwick collectables, among others, in dramatic scenes near the Mudgeeraba Show, when gun-wielding undercover police from the State Crime Operations Command intercepted a vehicle he was driving when it was held up in show traffic.

Brisbane District Court heard on Tuesday that Potts most recently misdirected his anger over a debt at the wrong people.

The person who owed the money had gone to prison and Potts targeted his Gold Coast flatmate.

Potts sent a photo of himself with a stolen family dog via text message to intimidate the flatmate into paying up.

He also approached the man at his workplace at the Port of Brisbane and aimed a hammer at the man's head.

Judge Ian Dearden sentenced Potts to 18 months jail, which will be added to the sentence he is already serving.

The two utes stolen from Warwick last year were a metallic purple Falcon XY71 GT utility and a classic white Holden ute, worth about $30,000 each.



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