Lane Michael Dwyer, 32, sentenced for crime spree | The Examiner | #tinder | #pof

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A Newnham man went on a drug-fuelled $92,000 crime spree after he met a drug user via the social networking and dating application Tinder, the Launceston Magistrates Court heard. Lane Michael Dwyer, 32, pleaded guilty to numerous offences including four counts of motor vehicle stealing, 16 counts of stealing, eight counts of computer-related fraud over four months between October 2019 and February 21, 2020. Lucy Flanagan, defence counsel for the former Tasmanian boxer said that Dwyer tried methylamphetaine after meeting the woman but became addicted and was unable to stop. IN OTHER NEWS: He lost his job as a concreter and began stealing. “He would swap the stolen stuff for drugs,” she said. Ms Flanagan told Magistrate Ken Stanton that Dwyer intended to plead guilty in the Supreme Court in June to the trafficking of firearms arising from a $27,000 burglary in Longford. Police prosecutor Jarrod Lightfoot read facts of Dwyer’s offending which stretched from Nabowla to Burnie over the four months. He stole a Toyota Landcruiser ($22,000), a Toyota Hilux ($8000), an ATV and building tools and equipment including chainsaws from farm sheds across the North-West in a trip with a co-offender. In February, he rode to Blackstone Heights but was too tired to ride any further so stole a red Ducati motorcycle worth $4500 from a garage and left his black mountain bike to be collected later. Dwyer left fingerprints at homes he had burgled several times and was seen twice committing crime while shirtless. Mr Lightfoot said that information from Dwyer’s phone had been downloaded and used to link him to thefts in certain places. A Facebook message to a friend asked if he wanted to “do a little job later which would be 50-50 and all you have to do is drive”. Mr Stanton said much of the offending was in broad daylight and was brazen. He said $44,000 of the stolen property had not been recovered. “The offending was deliberate and persistent and involved homes and businesses, farms and sheds,” he said “All that arises from the grave social evil of illicit drug use. “There is no real explanation for why you allowed this to happen-you jumped off the cliff when you had done nothing like this before. He sentenced Dwyer to 12 months jail with six months wholly suspended and activated a one month suspended sentence.

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