A Logan man who targeted more than a dozen petrol stations over two months has finally been brought to justice.
A serial fuel thief that targeted 13 service stations across Greater Brisbane over a two-month period was sentenced to probation at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.
Slacks Creek man Awais Khan, 28, pleaded guilty to 18 offences, including 11 counts of stealing, three counts of dishonestly making off with fuel without any intention of paying for it, one count of receiving stolen property and two counts of fraud.
Khan told the court he was going through a “rough time” when he began his stealing spree on October 1, 2019.
Awais Khan was sentenced to probation for stealing fuel from upwards of a dozen different service stations.Awais Khan was sentenced to probation for stealing fuel from upwards of a dozen different service stations.
Awais Khan was sentenced to probation for stealing fuel from upwards of a dozen different service stations.
Over the next two months, he would go into service stations across Greater Brisbane and take petrol, either by driving off or going inside and telling the staff his card was not working.
On some occasions, Khan told staff he would return to pay for the fuel but never did.
Khan targeted Caltex Woolworths at Kingston, 7 Eleven at Acacia Ridge, Puma at Woodridge, Caltex at Slacks Creek, Freedom Fuels at Eight Mile Plains, 7 Eleven at Woodridge, 7 Eleven at Kingston South, Coles Express at Mt Gravatt, Coles Express at Rocklea and EG Fuel Company at Macgregor.
He also stole liquor from Dan Murphy’s at Sunnybank on October 21, and sold a stolen tablet and mobile phone to a pawn store on October 30 and November 12 at Woodridge and Browns Plains, respectively.
The court heard Khan only took small amounts of fuel each time, ranging from between $15 and $30, for a total of $215.24.
Magistrate Michael O’Driscoll was unable to fine Khan as he has an outstanding SPER debt of more than $10,000 and has not made a payment in three years.