Teen jailed for armed milk robbery

A GYMPIE teen has been sentenced to 15 months prison for armed robbery over a carton of chocolate milk.

Kiel John Richards, 19, pulled a knife on an IGA store attendant who had tried to stop him leaving the supermarket with the unpaid milk stashed down his pants on September 13.

The store manager was alerted by a staff member who spotted Richards, “a known shoplifter”, acting suspiciously in the store with another teenager in tow. They had both placed perishable items down their pants and attempted to leave the store, however Richard’s friend was seen taking chocolate bars out of his pants and placing them back on the shelf.

In an effort to distract the pair with conversation while the manager called police, the store attendant stepped in front of Richards to block his exit and asked if there was anything he had forgotten to pay for.

Richards went to push past and said, “Get out of my *&%#@(* way or I’ll slice you.” He produced a box-cutter knife and protracted the blade, holding it towards the store attendants’ head saying, “Follow me out and I’ll cut ya,” before leaving the store.

Police arrested Richards on September 15 and he was found in possession of a dangerous drug. He also admitted to stealing the knife and chocolate from Coles before going to IGA and committing the armed robbery offence.

For stealing and the drug possession, Richards was sentenced to one month in prison for each offence. For the armed robbery he was sentenced to 15 months in jail with a parole release date in February. The offences breached five suspended sentences that Richards was currently serving in the community. These were activated in full.

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