Teen 'remorseful' after stealing smokes and mobile phones

A TEEN who stole cigarettes and mobile phones from the Toogoom Beach Convenience Store was placed on probation and ordered to pay for the goods.

Sebastian Keith Andrew Tomlin, 17, pleaded guilty in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to breaking and entering.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said Tomlin and a friend had been caught on CCTV breaking into the shop on February 5.

She said the footage clearly showed the pair removing cigarettes and mobile phones from the shop.

The pair made off with almost $4000 worth of stock.

Snr Const Sperling said some cigarettes and mobile phones were found at Tomlin's co-offender's home, including a phone with a picture of him with the stolen cigarettes.

She said police located Tomlin just days later.

Defence lawyer Daniel Ould said Tomlin accepted the police version of events.

"He is regretful and remorseful for his actions," he said.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said a report from probation and parole found Tomlin was under the influence at the time.

"Doing things like this makes life more difficult," he said.

He sentenced him to 12 months' probation and ordered him to pay $1965 in restitution.

No conviction was recorded.