Man returns to drugs after relationship breakdown

RELATIONSHIP breakdown had seen Anthony John Burns return to using ice, leading him to return to committing offences which ultimately saw him returned to prison.

The 26-year-old had 10 pages of criminal history but had kept pretty much out of trouble for the past two years until a break-up with his partner saw him return to drug use.

Over a two-week period from May 10, Burns had committed a number of burglaries in Toowoomba and his home town of Oakey, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

His offending culminated in him stealing the keys to a 2007 Toyota Prado from a Bridge St house which he used to drive away in the vehicle, police prosecutor Mike Robinson told the court.

He crashed that vehicle into an embankment near Charlton and ran home to Oakey where days later he broke into another home and stole an expensive Rolex watch, an iPad and mobile phone valued collectively at $7400, Sgt Robinson said.

However, the home owner had a motion camera set up in his house which photographed Burns committing the offences.

He was arrested on Tuesday and made full admissions to police

"These are very serious matters and you've caused a lot of people grief," Magistrate Graham Lee told Burns.

Mr Lee sentenced him to two years in jail but ordered he be released on parole on January 25 next year.

Burns was disqualified from driving for 18 months but, because he had no capacity to pay restitution and would spend the next eight months behind bars, Mr Lee didn't order restitution.

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