Man caught in act trying to steal cigarettes

A RED-faced Samuel Forrest was caught in the act when he smashed a window to break in and grab cigarettes.

Police prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi told Gladstone Magistrates Court the police saw Forrest at 1.30pm on July 26 attempt to enter a Willow St house through a window.

They heard a loud crash and saw Forrest standing on a bin with his hands through the glass of a smashed window.

Forrest told police he was trying to get into the house to get cigarettes as he knew its owner, who was "a friend of friends".

He had also been drinking.

The Department of Housing owns the property and sought $500 in compensation.

Forrest, 30, pleaded guilty to entering a dwelling with intent.

Magistrate Penelope Hay was told Forrest was now being active about his alcohol problems and was about to attend an intensive detoxification program.

She fined him $300 and ordered he pay compensation for the shattered window.



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