Man jailed over theft

A MAGISTRATE ignored a prosecutor’s call to give a thief probation and instead jailed the father of two for 12 months, saying the community was “absolutely sick” of these types of crimes.

Scott Ian Bressler, 31, of Elliott Heads, had pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to two charges of breaking into premises, one count of stealing and possessing equipment used to break into premises.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the court Bressler and another offender climbed on to the roof of the Bundaberg Pet Superstore, Maryborough Street, on October 24.

While the other man acted as lookout, Bressler removed bolts and roofing iron to enter the shop.

“The alarm went off and he left without taking anything,” Sgt Shapcott said.

On the same night, the men also removed sheets of iron from the roof of the Central Newsagency in Bourbong Street — unaware they had been seen by a passing police patrol.

Again an alarm was triggered when Bressler entered, and the men left empty-handed. They were arrested by police soon after.

Sgt Shapcott said Bressler also stole a selection of DVDs from Target on October 21.

“These offences call for a considerable period of probation,” she said.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer said his client did not argue the facts put forward, but he believed probation was inappropriate despite a history of similar offences from five years ago.

He asked for an intensive correction order that would allow Bressler, who is the sole breadwinner for his partner and two children, to take up work on a local farm.

“This is a hiccup in what has been an otherwise successful effort to turn his life around,” Mr Dwyer said.

But Magistrate John Smith said the community was “absolutely sick” of this type of offence.

“He’s not going to get a medal for not appearing before this court for five years — most citizens go their whole lives without appearing in court,” Mr Smith said.

Bressler will be eligible for parole on November 14.

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