$87k in meds, perfume missing after manhole raid

A man has been sentenced to 138 days in jail after he broke into a pharmacy through a manhole in the hotel next door

The Herald Sun reports that George Koutsoupas was staying in the guesthouse at the Hotel Claremont Guest House during May or June 2020 when the pharmacy next door was robbed.

His DNA was found on a Powerade bottle he had left behind at the Oggs Pharmacy.

It transpired that he had directly accessed the store via a manhole while the pharmacy was closed.

At the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to theft, stolen goods, proceeds of crime and drugs charges.

He was not charged with burglary, and he admitted to trespassing on the pharmacy premises and stealing the Powerade.

A total of $87,000 worth of goods – including medicines and perfumes – was taken from the pharmacy. The goods have not been recovered.

Mr Koutsoupas had also been caught leaving an empty South Yarra apartment earlier this year, in which a quantity of stolen items were located. At the time, he was found in possession of a stolen purse, ID cards, a passport and jewellery.

In August 2020 he had been found in a parked car with a number of drugs including testosterone, ice, heroin and GHB. He had also had gloves, a screwdriver and a torch in his possession at the time.

According to Mr Koutsoupas’ lawyer, he plans to deal with his issues with substance abuse when he is released.

Mr Koutsoupas was handed a sentence of 138 days in jail. He has already served 124 days, meaning he would be released in two weeks, with a 12-month community corrections order on which there are drug and mental health treatment conditions.

Crime roundup

Meanwhile in Rockhampton, Pieter Garth Tjerkstra told the Magistrates Court that he had stolen items from a Chemist Warehouse and another store on a dare.

Mr Tjerkstra pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful use of shop goods, reports the Townsville Bulletin.

The court heard that he went to a Chemist Warehouse, opened an umbrella and left without paying for it.

He had also been to a shop called the Happy Hippy Garage, where he picked up an ottoman and again left without trying to pay for it.

He said that he had been dared by a friend to take the items.

“Isn’t that a bit old to be doing what your friend dares you to do?” the magistrate asked the 40-year-old.

She recorded convictions and told him to pay $300 in fines.

The goods in question were worth $12.99 and $120.

And police have charged a 36-year-old man following investigations into an alleged incident in Sunnybank Hills last week.

Police allege at around 6.15pm a man entered a Beenleigh Road pharmacy armed with a knife, demanding pharmaceuticals and cash, before fleeing on foot with the property.

Police apprehended the man in nearby Medana Street at about 6.30pm.

A 36-year-old Sunnybank Hills man was arrested and denied police bail and remanded in custody charged with one count each of armed robbery and enter premises and commit indictable offence.

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