Youth ordered to pay back money

ONE of the eight people who stole more than $16,000 of alcohol and made off with a charity collection tin at Anakie in November last year was sentenced to 18-months probation and 120 hours of community service in the Emerald District Court last week.

The court heard the 19-year-old, who cannot be named, was part of a crew of offenders.

On November 11, the three carloads of offenders drove to Anakie, broke a window and rocked the air-conditioning unit loose to get into the Anakie Hotel’s Bottle Shop midway between Sapphire and Rubyvale.

Alcohol worth $16,451.72 was taken, along with an esky. The collection tin on the counter had about $25, Crown prosecutor Joshua Phillips said.

Mr Phillips tendered an agreed statement of facts to the court before Judge Marshall Irwin who said the offenders showed premeditation and planning and noted the fact latex gloves were worn by some.

He took into account the youth’s lack of a criminal record, his solid employment history, contribution to the community and his age at the time of the offence.

He also noted the boy had “stupidly engaged (himself) in a fool-heartedly enterprise” before he handed down his sentence.

The male was ordered to pay $2056.45 restitution.

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