Stealing 'addict' jailed
CONNON Press is addicted to stealing.
And when police came knocking on his door on Monday he had no explanation for them.
Inside his Rockhampton home police found a long list of stolen property.
In his latest burglary, Press, 31, ransacked a Kawana home and stole more than $10,000 worth of items while the occupants were away over the Christmas break.
Yesterday he was jailed for 15 months for the crime, but he’s no stranger to prison.
He has previously served time in prison for break and entering type offences.
Press, soon to be a father of two, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to burglary, possessing tainted property, house breaking implements and drug utensils as well as a charge under the weapons act.
Police prosecutor Constable Darryl Cox said Press entered the Kawana home by forcing a door.
He then ransacked a number of rooms, scattering the occupant’s personal belongings along the way.
He stole items including valuable jewellery, a wedding ring, camera and about $2300 in cash.
Some of the items police found in Press’s home on Monday matched these items stolen and the owner yesterday identified them as theirs.
A bag full of house breaking implements and an extendable baton was also located.
Press declined to be formally interviewed but did tell police he was “addicted to stealing”.
He also said he couldn’t remember exactly when he broke into the house and discarded some items in a rubbish bin because “he wasn’t thinking straight”.
There is about $2600 worth of property still outstanding.
There were also a number of other stolen goods in his house, unrelated to this burglary including lap top, camera and hip flask.
Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said Press was drunk at the time of the burglary and was not taking his medication for his attention deficit disorder.
He said consideration should also be taken into Press’s cooperation with police when they search his home this week.
Press will be eligible for parole on May 31.