A Thirroul man caught with items stolen from a Balgownie newsagency has been sentenced to 14 months in jail.
Kaine Eager, 25, was found in possession of cash and travel cards taken during the theft when police pulled over a taxi he was travelling in at Wongawilli on February 13 last year.
Wollongong District Court heard friends picked Eager up in a stolen car around 8am - almost six hours after the robbery - and together they drove to Huntley to dump the car, before calling a taxi.
Police were alerted to the suspicious behaviour and pulled the taxi over as it was leaving Wongawilli.
Officers found the stolen items in a black bag in the front seat of the taxi. Eager claimed ownership of the goods.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with breaking into the newsagency and stealing the items, however the court heard that charge was later withdrawn and replaced by two charges of receiving stolen goods and being carried in a stolen car.
Handing down the sentence on Friday, Judge Paul Conlon said while Eager's prior criminal offending afforded him no leniency, he accepted he wanted to turn his life around.
The court heard from Eager's mother and stepfather, who both said they had noticed a significant change in his attitude. They said once released, Eager would live with them.
Judge Conlon sentenced Eager to a total of 26 months' jail, with a non-parole period of 14 months. Taking into account time already served, Eager will be released on bail in three weeks.