Doomsday fanatic ‘stole sex toys’ to prepare for the end of the world

A doomsday obsessive went on a year-long rampage stealing equipment and even sex toys to prepare for the end of the world.

Shane Anthony Horne, 35, pinched thousands of pounds worth of tools, petrol, food and excavating equipment across the Gold Coast, Australia.

He stole goods while preparing a bunker, as he believed the world would end due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But he was finally snared after he drove into an adult shop and stole sex toys and lingerie in Labrador, Queensland on April 5 last year, reports.

He admitted more than 40 charges of fraud, entering premises, stealing and unlicensed driving at Southport Magistrates’ Court in Queensland on Friday.

The former crane driver was sentenced to three years in jail with 321 days spent in custody, meaning he will be eligible for parole next month.

Magistrate Pam Dowse branded his crime spree, which lasted from April 2019 to last year, “horrific” and said “nobody is safe from him”.

She added: “Hearing those facts I’m outraged, I don’t know whether three years is enough.”

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Michael Gatenby, defending, said he believed the world would end after seeing coverage of Covid-19.

He told the court: “He says he saw people on the news in body bags, he became very afraid.”

Drug use, paranoia and mental health issues had fuelled his delusions, the lawyer added.

Horne raided multiple businesses to steal goods and equipment like generators and excavators while driving stolen cars, despite not holding a licence.

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The court heard a forklift was used to force a door open at one business last March, with more than £6,500 of tools taken.

Weeks later he drove through the front door of the Playhouse Adult Store in a stolen car.

Police found him four days later driving the wrong way on a motorway.

But he rammed the police car, injuring the officers who were taken to hospital for treatment.

A dog squad later arrested Horne in bushland.

He had already received a six-month suspended sentence for other offences, which the magistrate activated.

Horne was disqualified from driving for a long period and was convicted and fined for breaching a court-imposed probation order.

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