Botched shop raid ends in court

A MAN walked into a Gailes grocery store with his face covered by a motorcycle helmet and goggles and held out a black bag and a cardboard sign that read "put the money in here".

The attendant refused, took down the bike's registration number, called police while the would-be thief left the store empty-handed .

Within minutes officers had tracked Nicholas Graham Edgar to his house and discovered he had been disqualified from driving only two weeks earlier on February 2.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Edgar, 25, was on bail for drug offences which he committed on January 27.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said police were called to a disturbance at Bundamba about 1.10am to find Edgar had smashed up a house.

Edgar was sitting in front of the house and police noticed an "elongated object" protruding from his trousers.

It turned out to be hammer. The police also found 13.6g of a Schedule 4 drug, which Edgar didn't have authority to possess. There were also cannabis seeds in his pockets and he resisted arrest.

Edgar pleaded guilty to one count each of entering premises with intent, driving while disqualified, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils and obstructing police.

He was put on 18 months probation, with regular drug and alcohol testing, and disqualified from driving for two years.



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