Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

No Jail Time for Teenage Menace

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

No Jail Time for Teenage Menace

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Byline: KERRI BURNS-TAYLOR

A GOONDIWINDI teen who was part of a group that went on an out-of-control rampage across the region has walked free from court, despite pleading guilty to no fewer than 36 criminal offences.

Dallas Ashley Duncan appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday to front charges related to break and enters of homes, cars and businesses.

Seventeen vehicles, four business and two houses were entered either forcefully or through unlocked doors over a two-month period and the boys made off with a cache of stolen goods, including a number of iPods, cash, wallets, cigarettes and substantial amounts of alcohol.

The 36 offences occurred within a reasonably short period of time, with the first offence on July 20 and the spree concluding on September 22.

Warwick, Goondiwindi, Inglewood and Yelarbon were targeted during the bender and on the night of September 21 alone, a total of seven Warwick vehicles were targeted.

Stealing the vehicles was just the start of the destruction for the teens involved, with two of the vehicles torched after they had finally exhausted their usefulness.

On September 5, Duncan entered a Goondiwindi residence before stealing a bottle of Bailey's liqueur and the keys to a 2004 model Toyota LandCruiser.

The court heard the car was later used to commit break and enters at Yelarbon and Inglewood and was eventually found burnt out and partially submerged in a river.

The break and enter at Yelarbon involved Duncan and other members jemmying open the door of a hotel before kicking in the door of the store room and making off with around 30 bottles of spirits.

Witnesses reported seeing the group laughing while fleeing with their bounty.

The Inglewood incident involved the teens entering the bowls club and jemmying open one sliding door and smashing another to gain entry to the building. …

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