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Man stole tools to buy drugs

A 40-year-old unemployed man has been jailed for stealing $1,900 worth of tools to buy drugs.

Andrew Arroash, of no fixed abode, admitted in Magistrates' Court to stealing the equipment from DeCosta Construction on Pitts Bay Road.

Crown counsel Kirsty-Ann Kiellor said Arroash then sold the tools to a third party for $50, to buy crack cocaine.

He was caught on CCTV breaking into the premises on March 17. The items were recovered from a residence the following day, and Arroash was later arrested.

He told Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner: “I just graduated from drug court and I just fell off. I went out on my own, but I wasn't ready.”

According to Ms Kiellor, Arroash has a record of theft and burglary offences dating back to 2001.

Mr Warner told him: “It seems like society has done nearly everything it can for you.” He then sentenced Arroash to three years' imprisonment.

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Published March 22, 2011 at 9:56 am (Updated March 22, 2011 at 9:56 am)

Man stole tools to buy drugs

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