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Thief jailed for stealing from hotel room

CRAIG Woodrow was out of jail just a few weeks when he decided to spend a night in the relative luxury of Gladstone's Mercure Hotel.

Within a few hours of checking out he was back, apparently telling a hotel clerk that he had left items behind on the terrace.

But instead Woodrow entered a hotel room and stole items from a guest, stuffing a pair of Ted Baker brand glasses, a laptop computer and an iPhone into a pillowcase and walking out.

Woodrow, 35, appeared in custody before Gladstone Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to entering room 12 at the Mercure and stealing on June 2.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said Woodrow had 17 pages of criminal history and was only released from jail on parole in mid-April.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said his client had not intended to return to the hotel but gone back for a bag when he saw the items in the room.

After his release Woodrow had stayed with a friend and got a job as a cleaner but it had not lasted and he had to leave the house, Mr Pepito said.

Previous dishonesty offences came from Woodrow's forging of signatures when obtaining the Oxycontin drug from chemists.

Magistrate Penelope Hay found it was an "offence of opportunity" despite the unusual circumstances. "You have an appalling criminal history.

It includes violence, property damage and drug-related offending," she said.

Ms Hay also questioned how he still had a room key and why he had been able to enter a room instead of speaking to hotel staff

Woodrow was sentenced to 12 months jail for the offence but will be eligible apply for parole on September 27 after serving one month.

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