Stole a school CCTV camera

A SALE man was convicted and fined $1000 for stealing a CCTV camera from a high school, and carrying a knife.

In August last year, police intercepted Aaron Portlock, 33, riding a bike down Dawson St, Sale, early in the morning. He consented to a search of his backpack, where police found a 20 centimetre carving knife.

In March this year, while walking home at night, Portlock was spotted by a security camera behind the Sale College Guthridge campus gym.

Footage shows him noticing the camera, pulling out a screwdriver, and removing the camera, as well as revealing a distinctive tattoo on his arm.

Police noticed the tattoo at a separate incident and arrested him, where he made full admission, saying he was walking home drunk.

Magistrate Simon Zebrowski said Portlock could not afford any more “blips” on his record.

“You reckon you’ve beaten the ice, that’s good, that’s positive, but you can’t replace one substance with another,” he said.

“You did the right thing pleading guilty, take some responsibility.”

Portlock was also ordered to pay restitution for the camera, which has not been recovered.