Teens rob canteen with axe

THREE teenage boys who used an axe and a crowbar to force their way into the Hervey Bay Softball Association’s canteen have fronted court this week to answer to charges of breaking and entering.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard Jye Kevin Kleidon and Sam Nepson-Taunoa, both 17, and Adrian David Dubroy, 18, armed themselves with the tools at 2.30am on October 11 after a big night on the booze.

They forced open the wooden doors of the canteen before removing a 50-litre esky full of drinks, a carton of sports drinks, fruit juice and a softball bat while a female friend acted as a lookout.

The court heard each of the defendants fled into bushland when police and a dog squad arrived.

They were arrested about an hour later, however, when they returned to look for their female friend.

The boys’ defence lawyer told the court each of the teens had spent eight hours in the watchhouse after being arrested and that was a “pretty shocking” experience in itself.

He appealed to Magistrate Graeme Tatnell not to record convictions because each of boys had a clean criminal history.

“It’s just another indication that young people and alcohol don’t mix,” Mr Tatnell said.

Each of the boys was placed on nine months probation and ordered to pay $120 compensation to the softball association.

Kleidon was fined a further $250 for failing to provide identification.

No convictions were recorded.

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