Obsession leads to jail

ALEX Grant Muir's obsession with stealing cars has driven him to jail.

The 20-year-old was arrested on Thursday after he and a co-offender went on a mini-crime spree on the Capricorn Coast the night before.

This wasn't his first brush with the law as he was caught in February and March for driving unlicensed in a stolen vehicle. But his inability to comply with the justice system didn't end there.

On each occasion Muir was in breach of a community service order that he was placed on last year.

On Wednesday night Muir started his spree by entering an unlocked vehicle and stealing items from it.

From there he moved to a unit complex in Cooee Bay where he made his way inside several garages, stealing more property along the way.

But he wasn't just doing it for himself, showing his ill-aimed generous side by passing on a car he had stolen to someone else.

That car was rolled later the same night, damaged beyond repair. Muir had only completed about a third of the community service he was given in August last year.

Magistrate John McGrath revoked the order and sentenced him for all of the offences, including the nine fresh charges to which he pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

“The sooner you learn to leave others' property alone the better it will be for you,” Mr McGrath warned.

Muir was sentenced to a head sentence of six months, with a number of smaller terms to be served concurrently.

Magistrate McGrath set a parole release date of June 5.



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