Pair of thieves who raided Gympie businesses front court

THIEVES who targeted several random Mary St businesses were in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday.

Brenden Barry Foy, 20, and Nathan Robert Keighran-Scott, 17, both of Gympie, each pleaded guilty to stealing bottles of liquor from Billy's Hotel on March 26.

The court heard the pair was trying to open the windows and doors of closed Mary St businesses until they were able to slide open a window at Billy's.

It heard Foy entered the hotel assisted by Keighran-Scott and upon leaving, the pair was met by Terry Maxwell McEwan, 34, of Monkland.

McEwan had pulled up outside Billy's in a Holden Commodore and received some of the stolen goods before driving away, the court was told.

McEwan said he stopped at Billy's after one of the two men called out to him.

He said he had told them "to go and put it back"; however he pleaded guilty to receiving the stolen liquor.

McEwan, who has a criminal history and was on probation at the time of the offence, was sentenced to one month jail, suspended for six months.

Foy was sentenced to 18 months probation for the theft and Keighran-Scott was placed on a six-month good behaviour bond with $600 recognisance and no conviction recorded.

They were each ordered to pay $150.18 restitution.

Gympie Times


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