Sleeping soldier causes commotion

A WEARY soldier who returned from overseas duty and crashed out at a relative's home in Gympie was so exhausted he didn't hear police investigating a break-in at the address.

Well-meaning neighbours in Garrick St reported a possible break and entry to police about 1.30am Friday.

Investigating officers inspected the property and discovered louvres and a flyscreen had been removed from windows at the rear of the building.

Officers knocked on the front and back doors and reported back to the station that no one could be raised in the dwelling.

They then contacted the owner of the house, who was at another address, and were told the screen and louvres should not have been removed.

The owner's mother attended the Garrick St house with police to let them into the residence and found a relative sound asleep inside.

Police said it turned out a relative of the home owner who had been serving in the Australian Army had returned from overseas duty "a bit worse for wear".

The army officer had called in at a relative's place unexpectedly and when no one was home, climbed in through a window for a sleep.

Gympie Times


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