Crook had stolen guitars

A Springdale Heights man with a “disrespect for the judicial system” and a history of violence has admitted his connection to an $8000 theft from an Eskdale farmhouse.

Brett David Clark pleaded guilty on Monday to receiving stolen goods stolen outside NSW in relation to jewellery and two guitars.

But Clark has denied any knowledge of the still-missing war medals.

That is despite police recovering a green plastic bag in the flat “containing numerous items … connected with war medals”.

Wodonga police have previously stated they would await the completion of the NSW legal process before any charges were laid in Victoria over the Eskdale burglary.

Clark has been in custody since his arrest on the afternoon of September 7.

He was refused bail the next morning in Albury Local Court and entered guilty pleas when he again appeared via video link to Junee jail on Monday.

Clark, 50, admitted to two charges of receiving property stolen outside NSW and single counts of possess a prohibited drug and possess ammunition without possessing a licence, permit or authority.

The break-in on August 30 about 12.30pm netted two Ibanez guitars (one acoustic, the other electric-acoustic), jewellery, an antique pistol and the medals.

On September 7, Wodonga detectives informed their Albury counterparts of the break-in, which resulted in a search warrant being obtained for Clark’s flat.

They entered his home about 4.20pm, with Clark immediately admitting he had property he did not own.

He showed police to his main bedroom where the acoustic guitar, in a case, was in a wardrobe.

The second guitar, “very recognisable given its shape and metal work”, was in a second bedroom. Police recovered two .38 calibre bullets from on top of Clark’s fridge and 1 gram of hashish.

Magistrate Michael Crompton ordered a pre-sentence report for Clark, who must reappear on October 23.