Prolific burglar considers new career as furniture removalist
A BURGLAR jailed for robbing four homes during a crime spree hopes to start a furniture removalist company when he is released from prison.
Judge Deborah Richards said the future career choice of Timothy James David Ardill was "ironic" as he sat in the dock of Ipswich District Court charged with four counts of entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offence.
Ardill pleaded guilty to stealing a car from a Yamanto home on October 15 last year, and using it while he stole $54,000 worth of goods from homes in Chuwar, Mt Crosby, Anstead and Moggill.
Among his haul of stolen property were televisions, jewellery, credit cards, handbags, lap tops, cash and a blood pressure machine.
An elderly woman was home at the last of the residences Ardill broke into, although she wasn't aware of theft until police arrived.
The court heard Ardill was on parole when he committed the offences and was returned to prison on October 19. He has remained in custody ever since
His barrister Peter Sloane said Ardill had been affected by drugs for a long period of his life.
"It's a history of someone that's been addicted to speed since the age of 12," he said.
"On his release, and he knows he's got further time to serve, he hopes to start up a furniture removal business with his father.
"He's an intelligent young lad, it's just the drugs that are the problem. It's taken its toll his whole life."
Judge Richards said Ardill had a long criminal history.
"You're a silly young man. You have a long and serious criminal history. I'm not going to lecture you. You know if you stay on drugs you will spend more time in prison.
"It's up to you what you do when you are out."
Ardill was sentenced to four years' prison for burglary charges and three years for unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He is eligible for parole on November 14 next year.