One year, 20 criminal offences

IN JUST one year Tanya Louise Jones has racked up 20 convictions for stealing, shoplifting and fraud.

The 34-year-old unemployed Maryborough woman was jailed this week after facing Magistrate John Smith in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on her three most recent stealing charges.

“Continued offences of stealing cannot be tolerated,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s come to a stage where imprisonment is the appropriate penalty.”

Jones had stolen a number plate off a car in Brisbane on May 17.

She then started moving north.

Jones stole $53 worth of petrol from a Newstead service station on June 25 and another $20 worth of petrol from a Kilkivan store on July 9.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord told the court that Jones already had numerous convictions for stealing and had $4700 in unpaid fines.

The last payment Jones made towards the debt was a $5 payment in April.

“Fines are not a sufficient deterrent for this defendant,” he said.

Defence lawyer Judy Millward said Jones had been under financial pressure after her partner lost his job in Brisbane.

The couple had moved to Maryborough in search of new work, Ms Millward said.

But Jones will have to wait at least two months until she can start looking for a job again.

Mr Smith sentenced her to six months in jail and set a parole release date of October 29.

Jones was ordered to pay restitution to both petrol stations.

She was also fined $450 for failing to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court to face the charges.



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