Hammer leads to thief's arrest

THIRTY-SIX bottles of Bundaberg Rum, two bottles of scotch and two bottles of Johnny Walker left a Gympie man with a big headache in court this week.

Tyrone Barry Roy Blow, 27, of Conifer Crt, pleaded guilty on Monday to using a sledgehammer to smash his way into the Thirsty Camel at the Southside shopping centre just before midnight on April 4.

A loose grip on the sledgehammer, though, led to his demise.

As Blow smashed the glass pane in, the sledgehammer flew out of his hand and into the store, leaving traces of his skin and hair on the glass.

Police used that skin and hair to identify Blow and track him down.

He pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court to break and enter and stealing and was placed on 12 months probation and ordered to pay $2041 restitution.

His solicitor said the father of three had a problem with substance abuse.

In separate matters, three people were each fined $100 on Monday for shoplifting at Gympie stores and supermarkets last month.

Robert Sean Rieffel, 19, Sahtesha Loraine Edwards, 17, and Alan Raymond Collins, 43, all pleaded guilty and had the matters dealt with in their absence.

Collins was ordered to pay $40 restitution.

Gympie Times


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