Nine months and $6700 fine for wheelie bin bandit

A MAN who tried to escape the police dog squad by hiding in a wheelie bin has been jailed after pleading guilty to 21 crimes.

Jaycob Jason Flegler, 20, broke into the Toogoom Beach Convenience Store on September 8 last year and stole $5000 worth of cigarettes.

Over the next three months, Flegler's crime spree continued numerous traffic offences such as fleeing from the police, and other criminal charges such as fraud and receiving stolen property.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said Flegler refused to identify the other two people who robbed the convenience store with him, after CCTV footage clearly showed three people breaking in.

Snr Const Grigoris said it was concerning that Flegler continued committing offences after the cigarette theft.

He was finally placed into custody on Christmas Eve after he tried to run from police following another instance of him driving without a licence.

The police dog squad found him hiding in a wheelie bin.

He faced Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on a string of charges including obstructing police, unlawful possession of a weapon, fraud, break and enter, possession of a pipe used for smoking drugs, and driving offences.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell ordered Flegler to pay $6729.50 and handed down a nine month prison sentence and 48 months' licence disqualification. A parole release date of March 24.

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