Two 21-year-old men charged with disguising themselves in preparation to break into and steal from a local store, were sentenced in Mudgee Local Court on Wednesday.
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Jordan Allan Hodge of Yarrawonga Road, Yarrawonga, was sentenced to 50 hours community service for ‘Face blackened/disguised with intent commit indictable offence’.
And Luke Smith, of Burrundulla Avenue, Mudgee, was fined $1500 for the same charge.
At about 11.10pm on Friday, December 2, 2016, the pair were seen walking along Market Street, Mudgee, wearing balaclavas and gloves while carrying bricks in each of their hands.
They were looking through the window of the Ride Mudgee bike store and when apprehended by police they were also found to have a torch with them.
Hodge represented himself in court and when asked what he was doing said he was “very drunk” having earlier been at the local race day and “was going to smash a window and steal a bike”.
Magistrate Terry Lucas said, “believe it or not I’ve been very drunk before, but I never thought about doing that”.
His honour told Smith that he was fined instead of community service because unlike Hodge he’d been before him in court back in 2015.
“Unlike businesses I don’t like repeat customers,” he told him.
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