Parole one day, theft the next

AS EARLY as 24 hours after he walked away from court on parole with a prison sentence for stealing hanging over his head, Christopher Mark Lobegeiger was thieving again.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to 24 offences of dishonesty, assault and traffic crimes, committed between July and November last year.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Lobegeiger was sentenced to three months prison on August 19 last year but was released on immediate parole.

Between August 20 and 29, Lobegeiger stole an iPod touch and external hard drive from two people, and stole a BMX bike, mobile phone and laptop off people in Gatton in November.

He also pleaded guilty to graffiti and driving offences, including failing to stop for police.

The court heard Lobegeiger assaulted a bus driver and caused him bodily harm after being in an agitated state at Gatton on June 23 last year. He also pleaded guilty to common assault on a woman in North Ipswich in December after he collided with her while trying to flee police.

Magistrate Michael Quinn told Lobegeiger "nothing is safe" around him.

"On one occasion you asked a person you were staying with if you could borrow their laptop while they cooked dinner, and you stole it and ran from the premises," Mr Quinn said.

"You have a dreadful previous history - it is serious by any step and you have been given a number of opportunities by the courts but have not taken advantage of any."

Lobegeiger's defence said his offending occurred during a period when he relapsed into drug abuse. Lobegeiger was sentenced to 11 months prison. With 70 days already served, he will be released on parole on August 20.



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