He was supposed to be in Townsville to go to rehab – but a Goondiwindi man instead robbed a pharmacy, police allege

Luke Phillip Jennings appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court facing charges of enter premises and commit indictable offence by break, possess property suspected of having been used in connection with the commission of a drug offence, and possession of a knife in public, the Townsville Bulletin reports.

The court heard that Mr Jennings had “issues” with drugs and was in Townsville for the weekend to attend rehabilitation services.

His solicitor said that Mr Jennings had co-operated with police, but “he does have a criminal history and it’s quite obvious in that criminal history that he’s had a struggle with drugs along the way”.

At around 4.30am on Saturday, multiple alarms went off at a pharmacy on Thuringowa Drive, Kirwan, and a number of police attended.

Mr Jennings was arrested upon his exit from the pharmacy’s front doors, and Country Patrol Group Inspector Roger Whyte told the Bulletin that the alleged thief had been carrying “bucketloads” of prescription drugs.

He was also found to be carrying a knife around 10-15cm long, which police say he used to prise open the pharmacy’s door.

No staff were at the pharmacy at the time, and Inspector Whyte said that there was no history between Mr Jennings and the pharmacy itself.

Mr Jennings was released on bail providing he lives with his parents and reports regularly to police, though his solicitor did admit that there had been an “escalation” in Mr Jennings’ offending.

He will face court next month to be sentenced.