Thiefs lucky break

THREE men walked into a store and one walked out with a staff-training laptop stuffed down his pants.

Serial shoplifter Cody Lee Broad made another appearance in Gympie Magistrates Court this week and nervously pleaded guilty to stealing.

With a suspended jail sentence hanging over his head, Cody promised the court he would do anything to stay out of trouble — and jail — so he could keep his new job.

Prosecution sought his suspended jail term to be activated at first however, after Senior Constable Lisa Manns heard Broad’s story, she asked the magistrate to convict and sentence him to another suspended sentence, this time two months in jail suspended for two years.

“He appears to me to be making great steps to get out of petty criminality. (Broad) needs adequate support to keep on the right track to avoid a jail term,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said.

She said the court supported people to get a job and keep it and placed Broad, 20, on probation for 18 months and extended his suspended sentence to January 2011.

Gympie Times


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