Breaking into office suites and flogging office goods worked up an appetite for two Illawarra thieves, who decided to stop off for a feed at a Wollongong McDonald’s after carrying out the raids.
However, the move proved somewhat costly for the duo, who managed to lose two of the laptops they had stolen in the process.
Wollongong District Court yesterday heard Colin Thomas Walker, 28, and a co-accused broke into office suites in Market Street in the early hours of February 10 last year, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of personal and business items including laptops, sunglasses, phones and cameras.
The pair then agreed to stash the items behind bins in Simpson Place while they went to the Corrimal Street McDonald’s.
The co-accused later hailed a taxi and sent Walker to fetch the items, however Walker returned a few moments later saying he couldn’t find the laptops.
The pair then took the taxi to the location and requested the driver shine the lights on the area under the pretense they were looking for a bottle of alcohol. The search proved fruitless.
Walker and the other man returned to Barrack Heights in the taxi, taking the rest of the stolen property with them.
Walker left his wallet, containing his identification, in the back.
He was arrested a few days later.
Facing court yesterday following pleas of guilty to three break and enter charges, Walker admitted he had problems with drugs and alcohol, and had been high on ice while committing the crime.
Presiding judge Paul Conlon acknowledged the seriousness of Walker’s actions but also noted he was remorseful.
He sentenced him to a total of 30 months’ prison, with a non-parole period of 15 months.