Tuckshop prints finger a fugitive thief after 5 years
THE long arm of the law caught up with a 19-year-old Glenwood man this week when fingerprints linked him to a crime he committed more than four years ago when he was 15.
The young man's fingerprints, taken by police on June 6 in relation to another matter, matched those found at a school tuckshop that was broken into in late 2010.
Fingerprints on a flyscreen, a chisel and some Milo bars left on a bench brought the man unravelled when a Gympie state high school tuckshop was broken into on November 24, 2010. The same fingerprints were found on a window when the tuckshop was broken into again a week later on December 1, 2010.
Foodstuff and soft drinks had been stolen.
Lawyer Chris Anderson, who represented the man when he pleaded guilty in Gympie Magistrates Court on Thursday, told the court his client was homeless and hungry at the time of the break-ins.
Prosecutor Sergeant Jamie Baker said school tuckshops are run as not-for-profit and that the defendant, a juvenile at the time, offended against his peers "because it's the children who lose out".
Magistrate B. Barrett said even though he was being sentenced in the adult court, it needed to be taken into account that he was a juvenile when the offences occurred.
Mr Barrett sentenced him to 10 hours community service and a further 20 hours for failing to appear in court on Monday.
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