Thief, 21, jailed for crime spree

CHRISTOPHER Shuan stole more than $20,000 in property and cash from 37 Rockhampton residents but no one will get a cent back.

This week a magistrate made an order that, despite Shuan's plan to steal from as many people as he could, he did not have to pay compensation.

On Monday the 21-year-old pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court to 37 offences of burglary, unlawful entry to vehicles and stealing during a crime spree that lasted less than two weeks.

It took police prosecutor Sergeant Kay Schick about 15 minutes to outline Shuan's crimes to Magistrate John Bradshaw.

All the offences occurred between February 26 and March 9 this year.

Shuan entered some properties through unlocked doors and smashed his way into other homes and cars.

No area was safe, he targeted vehicles and homes at random.

Shuan started in Ward Street when he attempted to force a security screen open but couldn't gain entry.

In West Street he stole a handbag, camera and earrings from a home at about 9pm and then an iPod and radio transmitter from an unlocked car.

Sergeant Schick said his biggest theft was from a home in Davis Street, which totalled $3992.

He removed timber panels to unlock the back door and stole a video camera and jewellery.

These are just some of the offences, but defence solicitor Anthony DeFraine said it all occurred because of Shuan's alcohol issues.

Magistrate McGrath described the offending as brazen and said “people should be able to leave their home secure without fear of theft".

“Your actions show a premeditated act to steal as much as you possibly could.”

Mr McGrath said unless he started to leave others alone his prison time would be longer and longer.

Shuan was sentenced to two years prison with a parole release date of November 9.

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