Thief lucky to avoid prison

SHANE Adams was lucky to escape jail last month after he appeared in Maclean court charged with breaking into two cars in 20 minutes at Yamba’s Pippi Beach on January 3, and stealing more than $17,000 worth of property.

The unemployed 18-year-old man from Tabulam, who was living with his aunty at Yamba at the time, was also charged with carrying a knife in a public place.

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Police facts tendered before magistrate David Heilpern stated Adams broke into the cars, which were owned by people holidaying at Yamba, by smashing the front passenger window of each vehicle.

Adams stole a laptop computer, women’s handbags containing purses, credit cards and a mobile phone, valued at more than $2600, from the first vehicle.

Minutes later Mr Adams stole numerous items from a second car.

He stole wedding and engagement rings, a handbag, a wallet, a purse, two mobile phones, a GPS, a portable DVD player and a camera, valued at more than $15,000.

The victims were at the beach at the time of the thefts.

Mr Heilpern found Adams guilty of four counts of larceny, handing down a nine-month suspended jail sentence for the offences.

He was given a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to the charge of carrying a knife in a public place, and ordered to pay $79 in court costs.

Mr Heilpern also ordered Adams not to associate with another man from the Lower Clarence, Denis Pearce.

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