Armed robber steals milk

A TEENAGER is in custody after allegedly pulling a knife on an IGA checkout operator when confronted about a theft of a 600ml carton of iced coffee milk.

Kiel Richards, 19, was denied bail in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday and remanded in custody on a charge of robbery while armed with a weapon.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court Richards was before the court just six days prior to the robbery offence in relation to stealing crayons and Uno cards.

She said he had been given “another chance” by having three suspended sentences (also for convictions of stealing) extended.

“Yes, it’s a 600ml carton of milk but the seriousness is in the repetition of these stealing offences and the alarming turn (Richards) has taken (by threatening with a weapon),” Snr Const Manns said and added, “When approached by an IGA staff member he pulled a knife out of his pocket and threatened to stab him.”

Defence lawyer Corey Jenkins admitted he was facing a very hard sell in terms of applying for his client’s bail and brought it to the court’s attention that police were still looking for Richards’ accomplice. Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said the risk of letting Richards out on bail was too great and adjourned the matter to October 11.

Gympie Times


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