Thieves stole about $25,000 in cigarettes in three break-ins. Picture: iStock
Thieves stole about $25,000 in cigarettes in three break-ins. Picture: iStock

Thieves net $25,000 in cigarette smash and grab

A ROSEWOOD man who climbed onto a roof of a stranger's house and began throwing down roof tiles also took part in service station break-ins that netted in excess of $25,000 in cigarettes.

Appearing for sentence from jail via video-link, Troy John Currey, 33, pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to 16 offences including enter premises and stealing, serious assault; receiving; going armed in public; wilful damage; driving when disqualified; and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Prosecutor Sergeant Molinaro said Currey was serving a jail sentence but was set for release in July.

Sgt Molinaro said there were nine pages of written facts and she tended nine photographs relating to the offences.

She said Currey was sentenced by Brisbane District Court in December 2019 for two charges of stealing cars, including one offence that had been "quite brazen".

Sgt Molinaro said Currey walked up to a car that had its engine running outside a business on July 6, 2019 and got in.

Its owner ran to the car and got into the back seat to try and secure his belongings.

Currey had reversed the car then stopped, a video showing him appearing to be threatening the victim.

"He has an appalling history," Sgt Molinaro said.

Only a brief outline of the facts of the charges before the court was read onto the public record.

Sgt Molinaro said the enter premises charges involved cigarettes stolen from service stations at Beerwah, Cooroy and Toogoolawah.

"A hammer was used to smash the front doors," Sgt Molinaro said.

A charge of unlawfully being found in a yard had involved Currey being found on top of a roof at 4.50am and throwing roof tiles in January 2020.

Defence lawyer Ms Ryan said Currey had spent 421 days in custody and she sought a penalty that would not be too crushing.

Magistrate David Shepherd said any penalty would only be a direct consequence of Currey's own actions.

Ms Ryan sought a jail penalty of 2 ½ years, saying there had been no violence or threats involved.

She said there were lengthy delays in parole applications being processed and she sought Currey's immediate eligibility to apply.

"It will not likely be considered until August due to the volume of matters before the parole board. And may not have applications dealt with until December," Ms Ryan said.

She described Currey's childhood as being complex, saying he had been homeless at times and spent time in juvenile detention.

While in jail he had completed Bible studies and a transformation program, and was remorseful for his conduct.

Magistrate Shepherd said Currey had taken in excess of $25,000 worth of cigarettes and other property within six weeks of being put on parole.

"Your history does you no favours," Mr Shepherd said.

"I agree," Currey said.

"Protection of the community looms large (in penalty consideration)," Mr Shepherd said.

The magistrate also referred to a previous crime committed at Southport, saying Currey pointed a gun at a police officer, noting he was now serving a sentence imposed in 2019.

"You were on a roof and had two knives. You removed roof tiles and damaged windows and other property and a police motor vehicle," Mr Shepherd said.

He said an offence on January 6 "involved significant property".

"On January 9 when in custody you took an exception regarding medication and you assaulted a police officer. You had to be restrained," Mr Shepherd said.

"It was not the first time that you have been in physical (confrontations) with police."

Mr Shepherd sentenced Currey to a series of jail orders to be served concurrently, ranging from three years down to three months.

The new jail terms will be added on top of his existing jail order. He was granted eligibility to begin his parole application from May 7, 2022.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

No financial restitution order was made.

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