Couple allegedly stole almost 20,000 litres of fuel

DIRTY RIG: The Butler's truck, in which they allegedly stole thousands of litres of fuel.
DIRTY RIG: The Butler's truck, in which they allegedly stole thousands of litres of fuel. Andrew Messenger

A TRUCK-DRIVING couple allegedly stole 19,807 litres of fuel over a month while stations were closed, according to police.

Fiona Mary and Wayne Reginald Butler, who are married, pleaded not guilty in Charleville Magistrates court on Monday charged with stealing 19,807 litres of fuel.

It's an amount worth $21,739.84 according to police.

They alleged to have stolen fuel in Cobar, Charleville, Longreach and Cunnamulla, starting on July 19 and finishing on Saturday.

Magistrate Peter Hasted refused both bail. He said the offences required "a significant amount of planning".

Both Butlers attended court dressed informally, including sandles. They both live in the Northern Territory and work predominantly as truck drivers, though they were originally from NSW.

Defence lawyer Frank Jongkind argued that Fiona Mary has a broken ankle and a scheduled meeting with a specialist. She may require surgery to install pins as it has not yet healed naturally.

Wayne Reginald Butler is also charged with a count of driving without a licence, after it had been suspended.

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