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Gold Coast Airbnb renter who stole $3,000 in bedding from an influencer's apartment has avoided jail

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Why an unruly Airbnb renter who stole $3,000 worth of bedding, designer towels and chocolates from an Instagram influencer’s luxury apartment won’t spend a day behind bars

  • Concreter Rodney Lucht stole $3,000 in bedding when renting Gold Coast home
  • Items he helped himself to included signature towels, champagne & chocolate 
  • Home is owned by Instagram influencer and personal coach Cassandra House
  • Lucht pleaded guilty to burglary offences, given 12-month suspended jail term 


An Airbnb renter who stole six bottles of champagne and bedding worth more than $3,000 from an influencer’s apartment has avoided a stint behind bars after a court heard he has since stopped taking drugs and turned his life around.

Gold Coast concreter Rodney Lucht, 40, was staying at a unit owned by Instagram influencer and personal coach Cassandra House in April 2018 when he helped himself to the luxury goods.

He broke into locked cupboards to steal the luxury bedding, which included Alex Perry towels and a quilt from designer fashion brand St Barts.

Instagram influencer Cassandra House (pictured) rented her home out to a tenant who stole six bottles of champagne and bedding worth more than $3,000 from the apartment

Instagram influencer Cassandra House (pictured) rented her home out to a tenant who stole six bottles of champagne and bedding worth more than $3,000 from the apartment

Lucht also stole doona covers and chocolates during his stay.  

After pleading guilty to burglary offences in the Southport District Court, Lucht was given a 12-month prison term suspended for a year.

Crown prosecutor Stephanie Gallagher said the theft was ‘seemingly opportunistic’ and ‘in breach of privacy and trust’.

Lucht’s defence barrister Sarah Thompson told the court her client had a drug problem at the time of the burglary –  but has since successfully kicked the habit.

Beauty mogul Ms House’s LinkedIn profile says she is a high-ranking consultant with multi-level marketing giant Arbonne.

Also a motivational speaker, her profile with the skincare company described her as a ‘three-time degree holder and Masters graduate’ and a ‘successful business owner in multiple industries’.

Gold Coast concreter Rodney Lucht, 40, stole the items while staying at Ms House's apartment (pictured) in April 2018

Gold Coast concreter Rodney Lucht, 40, stole the items while staying at Ms House’s apartment (pictured) in April 2018 

Beauty mogul Ms House's (pictured right) LinkedIn profile says she is a high-ranking consultant with multi-level marketing giant Arbonne

Beauty mogul Ms House’s (pictured right) LinkedIn profile says she is a high-ranking consultant with multi-level marketing giant Arbonne

Ms House's business profile boasted that after nine months of working in network marketing she owned her own Mercedes-Benz car

Ms House’s business profile boasted that after nine months of working in network marketing she owned her own Mercedes-Benz car

‘Cassandra was able to ‘retire’ and travel abroad and use her life to volunteer full time, fulfilling her greatest passion, worldwide education work,’ her profile read.

Her website boasted that after nine months of working in network marketing, Ms House owned a Mercedes Benz car.

Within a year, the profile added, she became a national vice-president at Arbonne.

Arbonne’s vegan range specialises in skincare, nutrition and cosmetics products.

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