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Teen dopes smoked out of closed Boyne Island cafe

Breezes cafe, Boyne Island.
Breezes cafe, Boyne Island. Contributed

THE abandoned Breezes cafe in Boyne Island was the midnight haunt chosen by two teens to break into and smoke their dope.

The smell of burning cannabis wafted up the nostrils of curious police who dropped by just after midnight.

The pair was busted but one lad, in an attempt to evade the officers jumped from a window and bolted off.

Police gave chase on foot but lost him.

Both the 17-year-old's pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to break and enter on February 16; possess dangerous drugs; and possess drug utensils.

One was charged with a breach of his good behaviour bond and curfew (for an unrelated offence) by being absent from his home at night.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said officers went to the cafe site at 12.05am and heard noises from inside and smelt burnt cannabis.

They also found a door forced open.

"One ran from the shop, jumped out of a window into the front yard then scaled an eight foot fence," Sgt Stevens said.

"Police saw him and recognised him. He wouldn't stop.

"There was a foot chase and police lost sight of him."

Sgt Stevens said an unlocked vehicle was parked at the scene. Inside were mobile phones and wallets.

As police searched it a youth came up from behind and demanded they stop searching.

Police found a text message on one mobile phone about meeting at the site.

The other youth was interviewed the next day.

Sgt Stevens said police knocked at the door of the home of the youth on bail at 1am on February 20 after noticing his car was not there.

Police knocked 10 times and received no answer. He later told police he went to McDonald's to get food.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said although it was a sign of immaturity the matters were still serious.

"You are young, still developing, your brain still growing," she said.

"You still don't want to retard its growth (by using drugs)."

One youth received eight months supervised probation, the conviction not recorded.

The second offender, already on a good behaviour bond, was sentenced to eight months probation, and warned he would be subject to random urine drug tests.

He was fined $600.

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