A thief who fled a fuel station in a stolen car which was later found dumped in a South East forest has faced court.

Henry David Stewart appeared at the Mount Gambier Magistrate Court by video link on Monday having previously pleaded guilty to drive or use motor vehicle without consent, drive under disqualification or suspension and fail to answer question.

Henry David Stewart has pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle from a Mount Gambier fuel station. Picture: SAPOLHenry David Stewart has pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle from a Mount Gambier fuel station.

The black 2009 Holden station wagon was stolen after the owner left the keys in the car while filling up at the BP truck stop on O’Leary Rd, Suttontown.

Footage of the incident showed a man exiting a white Holden station wagon with Victorian plates, who then drove off in the vehicle.

Both Holdens were spotted travelling east on the Jubilee Highway. SAPOL released images of the vehicle, and the suspect.

Stewart was arrested, appearing in court the next day with information from the public leading to the recovery of the car in a forest east of Rocky Camp on August 2.

Defence lawyer Jarrad Sims argued for Stewart to be released on bail.

The 2009 Holden station wagon was recovered from a forest near Rocky Camp days later. Picture: SAPOLThe 2009 Holden station wagon was recovered from a forest near Rocky Camp days later.

“This matter involves the theft of a motor vehicle from a local petrol station, I am able to inform you by media reports the car has now been located and returned to the owner,” he said.

“My client has pleaded guilty to the charges before the court and he’s sought bail so he can undertake the treatment intervention court program.

Mr Stewart should be given an opportunity to rehabilitate himself.”

Arguing against bail, the police prosecutor said it was “very serious offending”.

“He does have extensive history both here and interstate,” she said.

Magistrate Maria Panagiotidis said the address was suitable and granted him home detention bail in the amount of $500.

Extracted in full from: Henry David Stewart guilty of stealing car from Mount Gambier fuel station | The Advertiser (adelaidenow.com.au)

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