Pair enjoy stolen rum in comfort

Q: WHAT do you do when you run out of alcohol?

A: Break into a bottle shop and use a shopping trolley to cart away your stolen load.

Q: What do you do if you need a comfortable chair to sit on while drinking said stolen grog?

A: Jump over a Mitre 10 fence and throw a deck chair to your mate.

Bradley James Bickford, 27, should have known such behaviour would land him in jail.

He had been released on parole just 30 days prior.

Bickford and his mate broke a lock on a roller door at the Liquor Lads store at Nambour just before 11pm on October 11.

They removed 65 Bundaberg rum cans and were seen pushing a trolley across a footbridge to a park.

But police need not have worried about not finding them then.

About 2.30am, a witness saw Bickford scale a 10-foot fence into the Mitre 10 yard and could hear them yelling out to each other about stealing the chair.

Police prosecutor Shane Raison told Maroochydore Magistrates Court they stole $263 worth of alcohol and caused $120 damage.

He said while the offences were not serious, Bickford had six pages of criminal history, including jail sentences, and should have known the consequences of his behaviour.

"He lives by the ethos, what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine and I'll do whatever I can to take it," he said.

Solicitor Chelsea Emery said her client had a fight with his partner about seeing another male at the same time and then turned to his old habits of drinking.

She said Bickford grew up with a mum addicted to heroin and he began using drugs at age eight.

"It was unsophisticated, unprofessional and they were always going to get caught."

Bickford must serve three months of a nine-month jail term.


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