Man admits to vehicle and business break-in spree
A WARWICK man convicted of a spate of vehicle break-ins and a break-in at the Warwick Cowboys clubhouse earlier this year has been sentenced to probation and community service.
Michael John Morgan, 20, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon, where he pleaded guilty to nearly 30 charges including break and enter and traffic offences.
The court was told Morgan and an accomplice stole items including vehicle navigation devices, MP3 players, wallets, cameras, cash and coins and a diamond ring, from a number of vehicles in Warwick during a wild night on September 9.
Several of the vehicles were unlocked at the time, including the one containing the diamond ring with an estimated value of $1000.
The pair forced their way into other vehicles, with those stolen from mainly parked in the Pratten and Gore St areas.
Morgan and his partner in crime - 21-year-old Blake Shane Halcrow - have been ordered to share payment of restitution to the owners of the property totalling $1015.
The Cowboys break-in took place on September 19 and alcohol was stolen, but no restitution was ordered.
Morgan also pleaded guilty to being in possession of four stolen master keys belonging to a local real estate business.
Halcrow, who the court noted had a more serious history than Morgan, was sentenced earlier this month to three months jail.
Defence counsel for Morgan Daniel Habermann told the court his client was in full-time work and would able to meet the restitution.
Magistrate Stark took into account Morgan's early pleas of guilty but noted the number of offences in a short space of time.
He sentenced Morgan to two years probation for the property offences and as well as payment of restitution ordered him to perform 180 hours of community service.
Morgan was also sentenced to three months jail for multiple disqualified and drink driving offences, but was granted immediate parole. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.