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Bandit escapes getting sent to the doghouse again

A MAN who broke into a Flinders View dog wash and stole a safe while high on meth has escaped spending more time behind bars.

Corey Alexander Derek Busuttil, 20, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to break and enter, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, attempted arson, stealing and possessing dangerous drugs.

The court heard Busuttil had an extensive criminal history for drug, public nuisance, breach of bail, stealing and obstruct police offences.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso told the court Busuttil was given a set of car keys from a burglary and he then stole the car and drove to Victoria and back within a few days.

She said the car was eventually located at Blackstone with material shoved in into the fuel tank in an attempt to destroy the engine.

"He was linked to the car via fingerprints found on material that had been shoved in the fuel tank," she said.

"The car was subsequently written off."

Ms Kelso told the court Busuttil and others broke into the dog wash during the early hours of May 2, 2015 and caused extensive damage before taking off with a safe.

She said they loaded the safe onto the back of a ute but it fell off twice during their getaway.

"After the third attempt to get the safe on the back of the ute they drove straight to Busuttil's home and police located them there a short time later," she said.

"The damage they caused to the business was about $1900."

Defence barrister Michael Bonasia said his client had an unenviable criminal history for a person of his age.

He said the former Bremer State High School student planned to complete his panel beating apprenticeship when released from jail.

"Drugs have been an issue for him and that is evident from his criminal history," he said.

"He was using up to one gram of ice per day but has now been clean for about nine months.

"He was essentially committing crimes to feed his drug habit."

Judge Sarah Bradley sentenced Busuttil to two-and-a-half-years behind bars, but ordered he be released on immediate parole after taking into account the 272 days he had already served in pre-sentence custody.

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