Teen in jail after stealing goods

A TEENAGER who wheeled barrows full of electrical goods out of a Tinana hardware store will spend the next eight months in jail.

Robert Kelvin Delphin, 19, and several other youths broke into the hardware store about 2am on November 11.

They cut through a gate and jemmied open a door before rummaging through the office and kitchen.

Delphin and his mates then used two wheelbarrows and a trolley to load up with stock from the store and wheeled their loot to a waiting car.

After dropping off their first load at a Tinana unit, they returned to the shop a second time and loaded up the wheelbarrows and trolley again.

The items were taken to the unit and the wheelbarrows and trolley dumped in a carpark.

Police got a tip-off from a member of the public who had seen four of the offenders walking along a Tinana street.

Delphin and another offender were found that morning hiding in a cupboard at the Staib Street unit.

A search of the home netted a stolen laptop computer, computer discs, a water pump, two generators, a digital camera, money and assorted power tools.

Delphin pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to two counts of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.

The court heard he had also broken into a Glenwood home in April and stolen a laptop computer, digital camera and $935.

He was spotted by a witness lugging the goods out of the home in a pillowcase.

Delphin jumped over a fence and ran off after being confronted by the witness.

Defence barrister Sarah Laikind said Delphin had an alcohol problem and was drunk on both occasions.

Ms Laikind said he was “very suggestible” and regretted his actions.

He was on a suspended sentence at the time of the hardware break-in and that sentence was invoked by Magistrate John Smith.

Delphin will have to serve eight months of a two-year jail term before being eligible for parole in July 2011.

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