Northern NSW thieves run amok in Ipswich

IT was a crook three weeks for home owners and their cars when a northern NSW thief and his accomplice embarked on a cross-border crime spree in the Ipswich and Brisbane areas.

Houses, cars, wallets, phones and credit cards were targeted in a series of break-ins, often committed while victims were asleep.

An Ipswich magistrate was told that one of thieves, Allan Robinson, was wanted in NSW and set to be extradited to face charges there.

Don't come back - the magistrate told the Casino man, when sentencing him.

Appearing in the dock of Ipswich Magistrates Court, Allan Gary Robinson, 21, from Casino in northern NSW, pleaded guilty to 11 charges including three burglaries; one attempted burglary; receiving tainted property; two counts of entering premises; unlawful use; obstructing police; and unlicensed driving.

Prosecutor Sergeant Dan Swanson said it was a crime spree lasting three weeks during July and August.

Robinson had spent 51 days in custody since his arrest.

And hIs fingerprints left at the scene of some crimes helped police convict him.

Sgt Swanson said it was fortunate no-one was injured when Robinson reversed a stolen car towards police when the officers were trying to arrest him.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Robinson was using ice at the time of the offences-  and "he speaks of going into a rehabilitation centre".

"He was in Queensland only a short time before being taken into custody," Mr Fairlcough said.

"Drugs are an issue. Says he was using methamphetamine at the time."

The offences included one incident at Sadliers Crossing, where a man saw his neighbour's Mazda 3 sedan being driven away at 1.30am.

A house in Wulkuraka was broken into overnight on August 8 and a Kia Sportage and baby seat stolen.

On August 21 police came across two suspected stolen cars parked in North Ipswich and two males attempted to drive off.

When police searched a house in Leichhardt (where Robinson was staying) a Toshiba laptop and play station games that had been stolen in Wulkuraka were found.

A wheelie bin held stolen personalised registration plates, and the stolen baby seat was found in a carport - Robinson charged with receiving tainted property.

On August 21 police came across two suspected stolen cars parked in North Ipswich and two males attempted to drive off.

Robinson was in a red Hyundai and wehn police ordered him out he reversed the and the car struck the door of a police car that blocked him in.

Police used capsicum spray and Robnson was pulled from the car.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said it could be described as a very short crime wave.

She sentenced Robinson to eight months' jail, suspended for 18 months.

"It is a suspended sentence so as not to prevent you being taken back to NSW to answer charges there," she said.

"Don't come back to Queensland Mr Robinson if your plan is to again spend three weeks breaking into people's houses and cars."



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