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Jail time for serial thief

Emma Channon

A REPEAT offender with a criminal history littered with dishonesty offences has been sent to jail for yet another break-and-enter.

Dylon Jay Read, 23, was arrested by police in Warwick at the weekend in relation to an incident at a local fitness centre on Tuesday June 26.

The Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday heard Read stole a sum of money from the premises, adding one more such offence to his already-extensive criminal history.

A Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) spokesman said police had alleged Read used a stolen electronic entry device for the fitness centre and once inside had gone through the motions of a workout.

"He has then undertaken an apparent attempt to test the security system and the alarm has been set off," the CIB spokesman said.

"Security staff visited the premises and spoke with the offender, who gave them his correct personal details.

"After they left he jumped the counter and stole a sum of money from the premises."

The spokesman said police reviewed security footage and began making attempts to locate Read, who also goes by the surname of Brackin.

"Attempts to locate the offender were made on Friday night and on Saturday, with officers locating him near the Warwick cemetery on Wentworth St," he said.

"He was arrested after a foot chase."

Read was taken into custody at the Warwick watchhouse following his arrest and was led into the court

house dock yesterday morning for his appearance.

He was charged with one count of entering premises to commit an indictable offence and one count of obstructing police.

Read - who was on parole following earlier offences and subject to a return-to-prison order - pleaded guilty to both charges.

He was sentenced to six months in prison for the theft of money and one month for the obstruction, with a parole eligibility date of September 8.

Read will not get out of jail automatically and will need to apply for parole, with it being likely he will remain behind bars until early next year if an application is unsuccessful.

His history goes back to 2007 and includes five other burglary and dishonesty offences, as well as numerous public nuisance offences and breaches of bail.

Topics:  jail time, offender, serial thief


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