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Snow goggle thief caught after four years

FOUR years on from the theft of snow goggles in a Gladstone break-in, a finger print at the crime scene led to a Storm.

When police finally tapped the shoulder of Storm Lunan, she says she remembers stealing a gold watch and the snow goggles back in 2011 when she was in a "rebellious" time of life.

Now aged 20, Lunan pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to entering a residence and committing a burglary in November 2011.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the home owner reported the robbery to police after the thief gained entry through a small window.

Two wallets, snow goggles, a Billabong wristwatch, a set of boxed pants and Oakleigh sunnies were stolen and valued at $980.

"A fingerprint left behind at the scene was unidentified until recently as hers," Mr Reece said.

"CIB officers visited her at her house on January 28 and she admitted breaking into a house and stealing during a period of rebelliousness.

"She can recall stealing the snow goggles and a gold wristwatch."

Lunan also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to appear before the court this year.

Asked to comment, Lunan told magistrate Mark Morrow "I'm not too happy about it".

Noting her offending ways including drug use, Mr Morrow showed some concern, asking when she was going to get her life back together.

With Lunan unemployed and living in a caravan, Mr Morrow asked how she intended to pay the owner of the stolen items $980 compensation.

Lunan said she received some money through Centrelink

Mr Morrow sentenced her to 18 months of supervised probation with drug testing, and ordered that she pay compensation.

He warned that it was the last time she would receive probation.

And he left Lunan with a very clear understanding that further offending would likely lead to jail.

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