Serial shopping centre thief, addict jailed
A serial thief who went on a burglary spree, smashing through gyprock walls and sliding across the floor to avoid security sensors, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Nathan Daniel Booth already had 118 criminal offences on his record – and a mild cognitive impairment after being hit by a train in 2002 – including 21 burglaries.
The 33-year-old now won’t be eligible for release until March 2014 at the earliest, taking into account time served.
Booth, a long-time drug addict, pleaded guilty to six burglaries and associated thefts between July and September last year.
He also admitted leading police on a brief chase and wrecking a shopping centre information stand in a fit of rage at his partner.
Booth’s crime wave began in July when he forced his way into a Chisholm florist and smashed through a gyprock wall to steal cigarettes worth more than $4000 from a neighbouring business.
Next month he broke into a kiosk and slid his way across the floor in a bid to avoid triggering motion sensors, making off with $6000 cash in white bags.
The same month he stole $1000 in goods including cooking utensils from Westfield Belconnen, pushing it out of the store in a trolley until challenged by security.
On September 9 he struck a loading dock at the Hyperdome three times in the same day, stealing trolleys full of toys, flat-pack furniture, clothes and other goods.
The haul from that burglary was valued at $59,528.
Later that month he forced his way into a Belconnen medical centre and made off with a safe containing medication.
In the same month he entered Westfield Belconnen and, using a “large amount of force”, removed a change machine, causing $1500 damage.
Earlier the same day he had borrow a friend’s car, and wound up on the run from police through Scullin.
Police eventually found the vehicle dumped in a backyard.
And Booth admitted burglarising a Scullin home the same day, stealing loot including jewellery and electrical goods.
The court heard Booth had used cannabis, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, inhalants, heroin and LSD at points in his life.
At the time of his spree he was using amphetamines.
The authors of a pre-sentence report described Booth as a high risk of reoffending unless he could control his addiction.
But the court heard he showed a lack of motivation to do so.