Serial thief fined and jailed

A LOCAL man who went on a stealing spree was given a jail term in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Billy Skordas pleaded guilty to 10 counts of stealing, fail to stop a motor vehicle, two counts of failing to dispose of a syringe and possessing dangerous drugs.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said the 10 stealing charges included stealing a bottle of wine ($15.50) from the Club Hotel, two one-litre bottles of Jack Daniels ($96.74) from Liquorland, trays of meat ($85.02) from Supa IGA, an MP3 player ($159) from Dick Smith, an Asus laptop ($1850) from Beta Electrical, an HP laptop ($1562.83) from Dick Smith, a computer charger ($98) from Dick Smith, a bottle of bourbon ($49) from Liquorstax, an airbrush tool ($18) from Supa Cheap Auto and a ring from a friend who had stolen it from Mystique Jewellers.

It was also alleged that at 10am on July 6 police saw a moped being ridden erratically and going through a red light before evading police.

The moped was found a short time later abandoned and police found 0.2 grams of methamphetamine, bags with drug residue and a syringe. Police obtained a search warrant for an address where, after forcing open a bedroom door, they found more syringes and other drug items. Duty lawyer Brad Krebs said his client performed acts of desperation in order to survive.

“My client is 38 years old and had accommodation and drug issues at the time,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said he didn’t believe he stole to survive. “I think there are more sinister issues at play,” Mr Carroll said.

Skordas was sentenced to seven days jail each for eight of the stealing charges. He was fined $500 for the drugs, $600 for failing to dispose of syringes and $400 for failing to stop and a two-month disqualification from driving. He received six months jail each for the theft of the two computers.

Three suspended sentences were also activated in full. A parole release date was set for October 16. He was ordered to pay $3933.26 in restitution to the businesses.

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