Serial thief jailed after string of burglaries
THERE are concerns for several firearms circulating in the community after they were stolen from a Goondiwindi region property last year.
Police are yet to recover the weapons despite a judge handing their thief a three-and-a-half year jail sentence.
Michael Travis Washington, 39, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Toowoomba District Court to 32 charges including burglary, stealing and fraud and drug possession.
The court heard Washington was on parole for about two and half months when he entered an Oman Ama property between June 16 and 22.
Crown Prosecutor Alysha Ballantyne said Washington twice entered the property and stole guns, ammunition, tools, a bed, window coverings, food, generators, a water pump, three motorbikes.
The court heard Washington used two trailers from the property to remove the goods.
"But for one of the trailers police did not recover the property," Ms Ballantyne said.
"The value of the property is an estimated $49,150.
"The guns remain in the community."
The court also heard Washington entered a second home on June 21 and stole a watch, money and other items.
Ms Ballantyne said police searched Washington's partner's home on June 24 and found tainted property.
Officers searched Washington's home on August 2.
They found a small amount of methamphetamine, oxycodone, tainted property, fireworks and prescription drugs.
They arrested Washington, revoked his parole and held him in custody.
In sentencing Judge Jennifer Rosengren took into account Washington's early plea, his troubled youth and his 10-page criminal history, dating back to his teenage years.
Judge Rosengren issued a head sentence of three and half years for three counts of break and enter and committing an indictable offence.
Washington received shorter terms of imprisonment for his remaining offences, ranging from three months to three years, totalling more than 12 years.
These terms will be served concurrently, and Washington will be eligible for parole on December 2, 2020.