Serial thief jailed

A MAN who robbed two stores by pushing employees out of the way and helping himself to the cash register has failed in his appeal against the sentence.

Robert Wayne Torrens, 25, committed the robberies at Best and Less Ipswich on February 4 last year – stealing $550 – and Coles Ipswich on February 28 last year – taking $1050.

Torrens pushed the checkout employees out of the way while the cash registers were open, helping himself to the money before running off.

He was sentenced to four years jail in Ipswich District Court with parole eligibility on September 9 this year after pleading guilty to eight offences.

His other offences included stealing $300 from the home of an elderly couple who were home at the time, trying to steal cars to drive from Wynnum to Ipswich and entering a child care centre and rifling through a handbag before being interrupted.

Torrens also led police on a high-speed pursuit on January 4.

The court heard Torrens had a history of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, drink driving, stealing cars, stealing, robbery and other property offences and had started offending again less than 12 months after serving a three-year jail sentence and was on a suspended jail sentence at the time.

The Court of Appeal rejected Torrens' appeal on the grounds his sentence was not excessive.



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