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Man kicks down doors, steals phones from Dick Smith in Bay

A HERVEY Bay man kicked down the door to Dick Smith Electronics in Pialba and stole almost $4000 worth of mobile phones.

Chad John Runnalls, 38, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to breaking and entering, failing to dispose of a used syringe and possessing items related to drugs.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jeanette Grigoris said Runnalls went to the Dick Smith store about 10.30pm and kicked down the door.

The burglary happened on November 4 last year.

She said while inside Runnalls stole nine mobile phones with a combined value of $3900.

Runnalls was on parole at the time he stole the phones.

Defence lawyer Daniel Ould said Runnalls was having a difficult time financially and struggling to pay a number of bills which had come in at one time.

He said Runnalls had suffered serious burns after falling asleep next to a heater in his apartment.

The burns left him unable to work on his fishing boat while he was recovering from his injuries.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell told Runnalls there were options other than crime.

"You could have gone and seen Lifeline," he said.

Runnalls was sentenced to 15 months jail and ordered to pay $3900 in restitution.

A parole eligibility date was set for July 6.

Topics:  fraser coast theft



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