Spate of break-ins was teenager's way to 'fit in'

A TEENAGER charged with breaking into Sunshine Coast businesses and a school got involved in the crimes because he wanted to fit in, a court has heard.

More than $13,000 in restitution is being sought for victims of crimes to which 18-year-old Jace Koen Flynn pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard he and four other offenders were involved in break-ins at Caloundra State High School, Natural Tiles in Maroochydore and The Beauty House Academy in Maroochydore in November last year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jamie Baker said Flynn had been identified by DNA taken from a sock found at one of the crime scenes.

He tendered Flynn's criminal history, which included convictions from July last year for property offences.

But defence solicitor Tim Hishon said while Flynn had admitted his involvement to police, he was too scared to identify any of the other offenders.

Mr Hishon said Flynn had been educated at special schools and could not read.

The court also heard a disability support worker assisted Flynn and a public guardian had been appointed to manage his affairs.

Mr Hishon said his client had met someone at Caboolture Court House which led to him trying to fit in by committing crimes.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy adjourned the sentence so she could hear from Flynn's adult guardian and the Department of Corrective Services on his suitability for sentencing options of probation or community service.

Flynn's matters are next due for mention on March 3.


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