While Luke Andrew Turner waited to see a doctor at LikeMind he went into an unoccupied room and stole a laptop.
Turner, who appeared in Orange Local Court facing a raft of charges pertaining to theft, drugs and breaching bonds, took the $300 silver laptop on August 23.
He had walked into the service that morning and made the appointment but was seen leaving with the machine less than 20 minutes later having not seen the doctor.
Staff contacted police, and while they were at the scene investigating, LikeMind received a phone call from Turner, who asked for a doctor to meet him at the intersection of Margaret and Anson streets.
Police went to the location but despite heavy patrols they could not locate the 37-year-old from Margaret Street.
MAP: The laptop was stolen from LikeMind while Turner was waiting for a consultation ...
Turner appeared before magistrate David Day who gave him an eight-month jail sentence with a six-month non-parole period for the laptop theft.
Mr Day said it was the most serious of his larceny matters and said LikeMind was relied on by a lot of people in Orange.
Turner was also given five two-year supervised community correction orders with instructions to attend rehabilitation.
The orders were for offences including stealing $260 worth of clothing on August 11 and a $69.95 hooded jumper, which was returned when he was confronted by a store employee on November 9.
Other offences included possession of 8.8 grams of cannabis on September 14, and stealing $84.30 worth of razors and men’s toiletries on June 1.
The fifth order was for stealing a key to a display cabinet containing sterling silver items on June 22.
When he appeared in court he was also found to have breached five good-behaviour bonds for custody of knifes, possession of methamphetamine, cannabis leaf and cannabis seeds. The bonds were revoked and replaced with 18-month community correction orders with rehabilitation.
Solicitor Ben Tonkin said Turner had a tough upbringing, was homeless and a drug user at the time of offending.
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