A man who broke into a university lecture theatre and stole $26,000 worth of audio visual and technological equipment last year was given a custodial sentence in Orange Local Court.
Joshua Robbie Mackay, 31, of North Street, Orange, left finger prints on an internal fly screen door of the lecture theatre during the break and enter, which took place overnight on May 2 and 3, 2018.
According to police he entered the lecture theatre at the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Sydney by walking through an open fire escape door and then forcing entry through an interior door.
A lecturer discovered the break and enter about 8.30am on May 3, 2018, and noticed a projector was dangling from the roof and items were missing.
He's demonstrated a capacity to rehabilitate himself.Magistrate David Day
It was discovered the stolen items consisted of high end audio visual equipment including a Cisco 3560 Switch worth $2000, a wire mouse worth $250, a $4000 laptop, a $300 camera, a $1500 camera, two video conference units worth $10,000 and two Wyse touch panels worth $8000.
Mackay was arrested at Bidwell on August 8, 2018, when he was also discovered to be in possession of one gram of methamphetamine.
For the break and enter, Magistrate David Day gave Mackay a three-year Intensive Correction Order, which is a term of community based imprisonment.
The order will include 200 hours of community service and conditions he attend rehabilitation and treatment and abstain from drugs.
"He's demonstrated a capacity to rehabilitate himself," Mr Day said.
He was given a two-year community correction order for possession of methamphetamine.
Mr Day also gave him an ICO for failing to appear in court on a previous occasion.
If Mackay breaches the ICOs he will go straight into custody to complete his sentence rather than appearing in court for resentencing.
Mackay was also caught driving while his licence was cancelled along Bathurst Road on May 28, 2019.
His driver's was cancelled when he failed to renew it at the end of a driving disqualification on May 7 and Mr Day gave Mackay a two-year community correction order and disqualified his driver's licence for a further 12-months.
"He's got a bad driving record, he's got to be very careful," Mr Day said.
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