Robber trapped in target's home

A CLUMSY crook who could not find his way out of the house he had broken into had to be let out by the home owner as he tried to steal her children’s games.

Kirk Andrew Mayes, 41, of Bundaberg, was trying to take a Wii games console, speakers and remote controls from a Bundaberg house when the family living there arrived home.

One of the family’s three young children found the burglar in their lounge room with his jeans down to his ankles

Mayes tried to flee the home when he was found, but hit a dead end when he found the door was locked.

He began screaming “let me out” to the shocked family, as the mother yelled back at him: “What are you doing in my house? How did you get in?”

The trapped thief then tried to escape through the garage door, but did not know how to get out.

Eventually, the woman of the house used a remote control to open the door to get him out of her house.

Mayes faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to two stealing charges, one count of entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, and one count of entering a premises and committing an indictable offence.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court the break and enter occured on April 22, last year. “Obviously the complainant and her three young children were very upset,” Sgt Stevens said.

The court was told Mayes had been involved in four separate thefts between December 2009 and April 2010, including the house break-in, breaching two probation orders in the process.

Sgt Stevens said the defendant had entered the Bundaberg Officeworks on December 21, 2009, and taken a Tom Tom GPS from the shelf.

On December 28, police were notified of multiple alarm activations at the Crofton Street Pharmacy.

When they arrived, officers found a window of the pharmacy had been smashed and several bottles of Alepam and other medications had been stolen.

The third offence occurred on February 27 this year, when Mayes purchased a bottle of milk from Coles and took the bag into Kmart, where he tried to steal several items.

Defence lawyer Mary Buchanan said Mayes was a former heroin addict and had a prescription drug problem.

She said he had “little, no or very vague recollections of the offences”.

“He is very embarrassed,” she said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts sentenced Mayes to six concurrent jail terms totalling 12 months, but declared his 85 days already served in custody and ordered his immediate release on parole.

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