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23 February 2011

Teenagers stole grog from Irish Heart Hotel at Goodna

TEENAGERS who stole 11-and-a-half cartons of alcohol from an Ipswich bottleshop using a wheelie bin have been given good behaviour bonds.
 
Jimmy Frederick Hill, 17, and a juvenile smashed a window to gain entry to Goodna's Irish Heart Hotel bottleshop about 2.44am on January 11.
 
They found a wheelie bin belonging to the hotel and loaded it with 288 cans of pre-mixed bourbon and coke, or 11-and-a-half cartons, which had been displayed in the front window.
 
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard they took the stolen alcohol back to a house where Ryan Bengree, 19, was waiting.
 
A witness spotted the group and police arrived a short time later to arrest them.
 
Bengree locked himself in a garage with the stolen alcohol and Hill was caught running from the St Ives Shopping Centre at Goodna.
 
Hill refused to answer any more questions halfway through his interview with police but Bengree admitted receiving the stolen bourbon drinks.
 
Prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston said Bengree "knows they're in possession of that alcohol when he locks himself in that garage".
 
The property was returned to the hotel's bottle shop undamaged but the window cost $262 to repair.
 
Hill pleaded guilty to entering a premises and committing an indictable offence and Bengree pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.
 
They were both put on $500 good behaviour bonds for six months with no conviction recorded.
 
Magistrate Michael Quinn ordered the pair to pay $87 restitution each to fix the smashed window at the bottle shop.
 
The juvenile was dealt with in court at a different time.
 
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his clients were both relatively co-operative with police, young and had no previous history.
 
"Your Honour might take this as a bit of youthful stupidity rather than anything else," Mr Fairclough said.
 
Mr Quinn said the teens had committed a very serious criminal offence.
 
"It's certainly stupid," Mr Quinn said.
 
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