Light-fingered dad told to get his act together

A YOUNG father with a penchant for things that aren't his narrowly avoided jail time when he faced Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Beau Graham Granzien, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of suspected stolen property, one count of stealing and one count of contravening a police direction or requirement.

The first incident, on December 18 last year, took place at Big W, Robina, when staff found five DVDs in Granzien's backpack, which Granzien admitted he hadn't purchased.

On January 4, police found a new pair of red earphones during a search of Granzien at Sunnybank.

A review of CCTV footage identified Granzien at Kmart shortly before police approached.

Two Bluetooth speakers were also found during the search, with CCTV footage from a nearby Woolworths showing Granzien and a friend stealing the items.

Defence solicitor Stacey O'Gorman said her client had been battling drug problems and had moved back to Gladstone to be nearer to family as he sought employment to support his growing family, with one child already and another on the way.

Magistrate Russell Warfield fined Granzien $300, sentenced him to one month's imprisonment for the two unlawful possession charges and three months' prison for the stealing offence, with an immediate parole release, plus a three-month probation order.

"It's about time you got your act together," Mr Warfield told Granzien.



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