Local walks free after crime spree

A CHILDERS man involved in a six-month spate of thefts, break-ins and drug charges across Bundaberg and Maryborough has walked free after being given probation and community service.

Graham Neil Kelly, 25, pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court to 15 charges, including three of stealing, and one each of attempted stealing, entering premises with intent and drugs charges.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said Kelly and three accomplices began the offending on October 8 when they broke into the Gayndah Jockey Club.

One offender smashed a club window to gain entry and passed out several cartons of alcohol, which the group then drank while sitting outside of the building.

On December 6, Kelly and two others stole a Ford Fairlane from Apple Tree Creek between 6pm and 11pm. They were later located in Rockhampton with the car.

On January 5, 2010, he and an accomplice entered a Tinana woman's unlocked car .

Kelly and an accomplice entered the vehicle and stole an iPod and a ring which police later found.

On January 11, Kelly and another accomplice rummaged through two vehicles in Granville. On January 13, Kelly and the same accomplice broke into a Toyota 4WD and stole a wallet and a purse.

Police arrested the pair on January 18 and took them to Maryborough's police station, where they admitted to the thefts and led police to their hotel room. They showed officers stolen items, marijuana seeds and a bong.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Kelly to two years probation and 120 hours of community service. She also ordered he pay $655 restitution to GJC.



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