Pill thief breaks into 3 stores

A MAN who broke into three Bundaberg chemists in one night to steal pseudoephedrine was sentenced to nine months in jail yesterday.

Wade Francis Marshall, 30, of Kepnock, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to 11 charges including break and enters, fraud and receiving tainted property.

Marshall sat staring at the ground as Police Prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens outlined offences from January to June this year.

Marshall and an accomplice broke into three pharmacies on the night of January 5.

They began at the Crofton Street Pharmacy where they stole two boxes of cold and flu medicine by kicking in the front window of the store.

They then moved on to Soul Pattinson Chemist, where they took $700 worth of medicine including 19 boxes of pseudoephedrine-based product.

They entered the pharmacy by breaking into a vacant next door store and kicking and smashing their way through the gyprock and plaster wall to get in.

They then went to the Coral Coast Pharmacy and stole 45 boxes of pseudoephedrine medication.

Marshall was arrested and bailed on January 8 but committed further offences on May 18, when he was found in possession of a knife, and on June 21.

He was given a sentence of nine months in jail with a parole release on October 20.

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