PC Plus owner Daniel Fuller is in line to receive restitution from the thief who robbed the store.
PC Plus owner Daniel Fuller is in line to receive restitution from the thief who robbed the store. Renee Pilcher

Axe-wielding drug addict jailed

A DRUG addict who used an axe to break into a Maryborough coffee shop and a Gympie computer store on the same night has been jailed.

Shannon Jade Mikeleit told the Maryborough Magistrates Court he traded the computer monitors, laptops, gaming gear, and surround sound system he stole on August 8 for speed.

Before knocking over PC Plus in Gympie, he and a friend smashed their way into Sexie Coffie on the Bruce Hwy and stole a stash of soft drinks.

Mikeleit yesterday copped a restitution bill of almost $10,000 for the two break-ins.

PC Plus would get $7393 to cover the equipment stolen, plus $2000 for the damage to their front roller door and windows, and $300 for the cash in the till.

Sexie Coffie would claim $300 for its smashed window.

Mikeleit, 28, appeared in court in custody, after he was last week jailed for other break-and-enter and stealing offences.

Police said he and his co-offender left fingerprints and footprints at the August 8 crime scenes.

They were also captured on CCTV cameras.

But when Mikeleit was arrested by police, he refused to dob in his accomplice.

Lawyer Tammy Kerle said Mikeleit had been offered to live with his father, near Bundaberg, and to work at the Childers sugar mill on his release.

This would mean he wouldn't take drugs, get bored or make poor choices, she said.

Magistrate John Smith sentenced Mikeleit to 24 months in prison, with a parole release date of February 7, 2013.

Gympie Times


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