A TEENAGER who tried to break into cars to fund his trip home from a backpacking expedition to Brisbane has avoided a stint in jail.
Dylan Gregory Thomas pleaded guilty in the Warwick Magistrates Court last week to 16 charges, included attempted break and enter, breaching bail, possessing and producing marijuana and trespass.
The court heard the 20-year-old and two friends tried unsuccessfully to enter a number of vehicles. A car lock was damaged in the process.
Thomas also pleaded guilty to growing two small marijuana plants at his mother's house.
Magistrate Bevan Manthey said he initially considered a jail term but had taken into account the fact Thomas had made significant changes since committing the offences back in 2014.
"I was going to jail you today, Dylan - I had eight months written here," he said. He added Thomas had no criminal history and "bloody good references" from his employer and a sporting club.
Solicitor Bonnie O'Brien told the court her client had gained a job and was no longer hanging around the same people he was at the time of the offending.
Thomas was placed on 18 months probation and no conviction was recorded against him.
He left the court with a warning that any further offending would result in a permanent record against his name, which could affect his future employment prospects.
"Your bosses will look at this, 'S*** mate, attempted enter premises here. No, we don't want to touch you'," Mr Manthey said. "