ROWAN Stanley Weaver was out of a job so he didn’t mind when his mate gave him a $1700 bracelet he had stuffed down his pants.
Just minutes earlier, Weaver was with Caine Nicholls and another man in Michael Hill Jewellers in Centro Albury.
Albury Local Court was told yesterday the three went into the shop on September 23 just after 11am.
Nicholls then helped himself to a tray of bracelets inside an unlocked jewellery case.
He put the eight gold bracelets valued at $24,634 down his trousers and walked out with Weaver, 23, and the other man.
The three went to a nearby park, where Nicholls gave Weaver the $1700 bracelet.
Nicholls was arrested at his Lavington home the next day and admitted to stealing the bracelets.
He showed police where four of the pieces, valued at $11,478, were buried and the fifth — the one given to Weaver — was later recovered.
Three other bracelets have not yet been recovered.
Weaver gave no explanation for his crime yesterday after pleading guilty to receiving and disposing of stolen property.
Police said Weaver “did not play an active role” in the theft, but was aware the bracelet given to him was stolen.
Magistrate Tony Murray bailed Weaver to appear again on December 16 for sentencing.
In an unrelated case, Weaver pleaded not guilty yesterday to assault and stalking.
He will face a hearing on those matters in Albury Local Court on November 13.