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LOCKED UP: A serial offender will be released on parole on the anniversary of an attempted armed robbery.
LOCKED UP: A serial offender will be released on parole on the anniversary of an attempted armed robbery. David Nielsen

A MAN who tried to steal a motorbike from a person at knife point has been sentenced to two-and-a-half-years behind bars.

Todd Ryan Parkes, 24, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Ipswich District Court to attempted armed robbery and three fraud offences.

The court heard the attempted armed robbery occurred on July 19, 2015 at a petrol station in Kilcoy.

The fraud offences relate to three petrol drive offs at Woodridge, Staplyton and Colinton.

Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly said Parkes was currently serving an 18-month sentence for other offences committed at the same time as the attempted armed robbery.

She said he had more than 13 pages of criminal history, including entries for at least 21 burglaries.

"He attempted to steal a motorbike from a person who was filling it up with fuel at a petrol station in Kilcoy," she said.

"He was armed with a knife and made threats towards the person.

"A short struggle occurred before Parkes fled on foot."

The court heard later that day Parkes stole a vehicle from an address in Pine Mountain before police caught him a short time later.

Parkes was tasered during his arrest. Defence barrister Geoff Seaholme said Parkes had spent many years behind bars and was becoming used to it.

He said when he was in the community drugs were an issue for him.

"His criminal history is not enviable for someone of his age, but what is most disturbing is the fact he says he is now getting used to prison and it is becoming very normal for him," he said.

Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren told Parkes if he continued committing crimes then his future would certainly be inside a cell. Parkes will be released on parole on July 19, 2016.

Topics:  ipswich, ipswich district court, knife, motorbike, robbery, serial, servo, thief



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