$45,000 worth of cigarettes stolen in serious crime spree
A CIGARETTE thief smashed into a tobacconist and stole almost $45,000 worth of products in the throws of a brief but serious crime spree across Noosaville, Cooroy, Buderim and Nambour.
Kenneth Rodney Smith, 41, pleaded guilty to 10 charges committed between September 27 and October 10 last year, in some of which he was captured on CCTV committing with another alleged offender.
He has remained in custody since his arrest on October 16 and was sentenced to further jail time today in the Maroochydore District Court.
The repeat offender and heroin addict's crimes included the unlawful use of three vehicles taken at different times from homes in Nambour, Mountain Creek and Buderim.
On September 27, Smith and another offender were captured on CCTV smashing the window of a Nambour Plaza pharmacy and stealing the drugs seroquel, valium and depot.
Smith admitted he was a passenger in another vehicle later that day, stolen from a Mountain Creek home and found on October 4 dumped in Kunda Park, coated in oil to the point it was written off.
On September 29, Smith stole a pair of sunglasses worth $395 from a Noosaville store.
The next day at 12.50am, Smith committed his most serious crime.
He and another alleged offender smashed through a glass door and into the TSG tobacconist shop in Tewantin.
Smith and his alleged co-offender stole $44,655.85 worth of cartons and loose cigarettes which were stuffed into a quilt cover the pair had brought with them.
Smith and another then tried but failed to jemmy open the fire door of the Cooroy Supa IGA at 1.12am the next day.
Smith was also caught on CCTV dumping a stolen cash register at the Cooroy Library, after it had been taken from the Suncoast Christian College's church cafe on September 28.
On the day of Smith's arrest, police found him in possession of three sets of keys which belonged to vehicles stolen from two adjoining Yandina businesses on September 30.
Smith nodded as Judge Gary Long remarked he was a "recidivist offender" and said his sentence must deter Smith and others from committing similar offences.
Judge Long said Smith's crimes had cost the community a minimum of $50,000.
Smith was sentenced to three years' and six months' jail for the most serious break and enter with stealing, and shorter concurrent jail terms for the remaining nine offences.
These are to be suspended after 12 months, inclusive of Smith's 218 days in custody since his arrest.
Once suspended, the jail terms are operational for four years.