A man who used a hammer to break into a Queensland pharmacy has been sentenced – and will be out on parole by the end of the week
Michael Anthony Allan broke into the Blooms the Chemist in Gladstone in August 2017 by smashing the glass front door with a hammer, at 7pm in front of witnesses.
According to the Gladstone Observer, he crawled through the broken door on his way to steal several boxes of medication, which were later found in his backpack.
On his way through the broken glass he sustained cuts to his feet, legs and hands.
None of the medicines later recovered were now suitable to be sold, Gladstone Magistrate’s Court was told.
According to the pharmacy’s manager, Raju Rapaka, small businesses in the area were already enduring “tough times,” and the break-in was unexpected, particularly given that Mr Allan was a regular customer at the pharmacy.
The incident was the third time Mr Allan had broken into a pharmacy, the Observer reports, with previous break-ins including a 2016 offence in Bundaberg.
Mr Allan pleaded guilty to breaking into the Gladstone pharmacy, as well as to eight other charges including public nuisance, one count of consumer liquor on the road, one count of obstruct police, and two failures to appear.
He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, but will be released on parole on Friday 22 December after he spent 127 days in custody.