Jewellery thief back in court

AS cleaners went about their early morning business in the Coffs Harbour mall, Shane Stephen Torrens used a piece of timber to smash the front window of a jewellery store.

After shattering the front plate glass window, he reached inside and stole several items from the window display.

The early morning incident back in October 2008 resurfaced in court again last week, as Torrens, 20, was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions.

On the night of the break-in, cleaners ran to the police station, reporting the crime to an officer in the driveway.

The senior constable raced to the mall and saw the accused holding a large piece of hardwood timber, almost a metre and a half long.

Upon sighting the police car, Torrens ran towards it swinging the piece of timber over his shoulder before letting go of it in mid-air.

The officer told court it smashed into the windscreen of the vehicle, before shattering the roof bar lights of the vehicle.

After ducking for cover, the officer jumped out of car and as he did Torrens raised his hands in the air, saying “you got me”.

Handcuffed and searched at the scene, stolen property valued at about $800 was found in the pockets of his trousers.

Torrens, who was affected by alcohol at the time, told police he won the items at a local hotel.

He was taken to the station and police say he later urinated in the dock.

The property was returned to the store owner while Torrens was ordered to serve an 18-month good behaviour bond for the serious indictable offence.

One of the conditions of his bail and a commitment he gave to the magistrate was that he would undertake a TAFE course.

But after failing to do so and breaching his bail, he was arrested at a Bellingen Road property on March 20.

Found guilty of that offence he was placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond plus a night curfew and ordered to report to police two times a week.

He has also been referred to attend a Corrective Services program at Tabulam.

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