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71-year-old serial cafe thief fined

A 71 year-old-man who dined at a string of Gympie cafes without paying, was remanded in custody for four days before appearing in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

Don Frederick Willia Symonds, who has no fixed address, showed no remorse when he pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing, three counts of unauthorised dealing with shop goods, evading a fare, two counts of obstructing police and failure to leave a premises.

Offences included failing to pay for a meal at The Rattler Cafe, Imbil on April 9 and later refusing to leave the Railway Hotel, Imbil.

The next day Symonds stole a bottle of milk and piece of cake from Murphy's Store, Bligh St.

Between March 29 and March 31, Symonds ate at the City Cafe in Mary St without paying on three separate occasions.

Other charges included evading a Gympie taxi fare on April 5, attempting to board a train at Gympie North Railway station on March 24, failing to pay for food consumed at a Rockhampton fish and chip shop on February 5 and stealing a book from a Brisbane church on February 27.

Symonds was sentenced to four days imprisonment with time served declared, fined $310 and ordered to pay restitution.

Topics:  cafe court fare evasion theft

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