Pomona ram raider jailed after $600,000 crime spree

AN "APPALLING" history involving more than $600,000 in criminal damages helped put a 35-year-old man in jail today after he pleaded guilty to a series of new crimes including ram-raiding a Pomona service station.

Mitchell Peter McCullock was convicted of four counts of break and enter, and one of possessing a dangerous drug when he faced Gympie District Court yesterday.

He will spend the next 21 months behind bars.

The court heard that, after pulling up at the Pomona service station in January of this year to find the pumps turned off, McCullock drove his Holden Commodore into the front doors of the store, took a crowbar from his car to finish prying them open, and went on to damage the cash register and cigarette dispenser.

He was also convicted of breaking and entering a home and a Richer's Transport business in Maryborough a few days earlier.

The court heard he forced the doors of the business open after stealing the keys, then broke into the safe and took more keys and $500 cash. His actions caused more than $6000 in damages.

He was also found in possession of 23 oxycodone tablets with a street value of $80-$100, which the court heard was for his personal use, and that he had "no intent to distribute".

Counsel for McCullock said his client's crimes had a clear "element of irrationality" and were the result of drug use.

McCullock was on parole at the time of the offences, and the court was told he had an extensive criminal history in Queensland and New South Wales and had "spent much of his life in and out of prison since 2000".

Described by Judge Helen Bowskill as a "hopeless recidivist", he will be eligible for parole in May, 2018. Judge Bowskill told McCuskill he would have to "make a choice when he did get out" otherwise the sentences would continue to pile up.

Gympie Times