Woman's $27k property crime spree

SHE was fresh out of custody and addicted to methamphetamine when a young woman stole close to $30,000 worth of property from seven homes.

Renee Leanne Killiby, 26, broke the law 42 times within a month and a half last year, breaking into homes and cars and buying things with stolen credit cards before she was taken back to jail.

It was "the thickest schedule of facts" Judge Greg Koppenol had "ever seen" in sentencing in Ipswich District Court this morning.

The court heard Killiby targeted multiple homes and cars between March and April last year, sometimes committing multiple crimes on the same day.

Crown prosecutor Michael Spencer said she would break into cars in parking lots, garages and driveways and enter homes by ripping a hole in security screens and through unlocked doors.

She used stolen credit cards to buy food, petrol, phone credit, cigarettes and personal items.

Police found her in possession of two stolen cars, steroids, a glass pipe and tainted property including a fire extinguisher inside an abandoned house on the Gold Coast.

The total value of the property offending was $27, 318.

She was also caught driving a stolen car and when she saw police travelled on the wrong side of the road at speeds of up to 160kmh in a 60kmh zone.

On a separate occasion she sped away from police when they tried to stop her on the Cunningham Hwy.

Defence lawyer Kim Bryson said Killiby started using drugs "at a very young age".

"To say she had a prejudicial upbringing would be a gross understatement," Ms Bryson said.

The court heard Killiby told a psychiatrist she targeted homes she felt had valuable items and safes inside and the psychiatrist said she had a "reckless attitude towards life".

She pleaded guilty in court to 42 offences including seven burglary and stealing offences, four counts of fraud and burglary, drug and traffic charges.

Judge Koppenol said Killiby's criminal history started when she was 19 years old.

"It does seem most if not all of it were related to or committed to obtain money to purchase drugs and that is not unusual for a long term drug user," he said.

"You are going to have work tremendously hard for years to kick the drug habit.

"It would be a tragedy if you were to become involved in drugs again."

Killiby was sentenced to a head sentence of five years imprisonment suspended after 605 days for five years.

Judge Koppenol declared 605 days pre-sentence custody as time served and disqualified Killiby from holding or obtaining a drivers licence for two years.

What was stolen

  • Handbags and wallets
  • Jewellery
  • Electrical items
  • Cash
  • Audi
  • Grocery items
  • Fashion accessories
  • Passports
  • Quad bike TV, stereos, audio speaker
  • Hand tools
  • CDs, USB device
  • Printer ink cartridges
  • Cutlery


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