A YOUNG Terang man who broke into a hotel while the publican was present and stole a large amount of alcohol has received a suspended jail sentence and 100 hours of community work.
Nanjing Night Net

Travis Peoples, 20, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to throwing a missile, causing damage, aggravated burglary, theft, two counts of theft from shops and three of failing to answer bail.

He was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

Peoples was also convicted and placed on a 15-month community corrections order to undertake treatment and assessment as required and complete 100 hours’ community work.

Police alleged that on May 6 last year Peoples was with another male at the Plenty Valley shopping centre where they selected items before putting them back on the shelves when there was a security announcement.

They then threw around toilet tissue and damaged other goods, which they kicked under the shelves.

Peoples was charged but failed to appear in court.

On January 22 this year at 11.23pm Peoples and a co-accused went to Terang’s Wheatsheaf Hotel bottleshop, where they used rocks to break glass and gain entry, causing $300 damage.

The publican lives at the hotel and was home when the thieves broke in.

Peoples and the co-offender stole stubbies, cans and bottles of spirits valued at $800 and carried it all away in a rubbish bin.

Police executed a search warrant a couple of days later and found the bin used to take the alcohol away, as well as empty stubbies, cans and alcohol bottles.

Peoples admitted his involvement in the aggravated burglary but refused to name his co-offender.

On February 14 Peoples was in Colac and stole a poster from a cinema.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said it was clear that Peoples had no respect for others’ property and had an alcohol problem.

Defence counsel Jane Warren said her client had stayed out of trouble for 10 months but again slipped into bad company.

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