Thief is 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.

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

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



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