Community service for teen's three offences while drunk

A TEENAGER escaped a jail term, after attempting to break in to two cars on the same day, during a drunken crime spree.

Nicholas James Harvey pleaded guilty to one charge each of attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful use of a motor vehicle on August 26.

He was also charged with stealing number plates of a neighbour's car on August 30.

Harvey was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for all three offences.

The court heard alcohol had played a part in all three crimes.

Harvey was caught when forensic officers matched his finger prints to those found on the cars.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Harvey had been drinking with a friend at a Leichhardt home on August 26.

In the early hours of the morning, a Leichhardt resident rang 000 after spotting four people attempting to break in to a car parked in a carport.

The police dog squad tried to track down the suspects but could not locate them.

In an interview with police, Harvey said the pair became bored and went for a walk, came across a car and discussed how they could steal it.

He said they attempted to play with the car's ignition but were scared off by passers-by.

Later in the day, police were called to a stolen and abandoned car at Thomas St railway station on Tallon St, West Ipswich.

The court heard Harvey had also been drinking when he stole two number plates from his neighbour's car in Gladstone Rd, Saddlers Crossing.

Magistrate Andy Cridland said if Harvey had a significant criminal history he "would not be going home today."


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