Tocumwal teenager given 21⁄2 year sen­tence

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Tocumwal man Tyler James John­son, 19, has been sen­tenced to 21⁄2 years’ jail in Vic­to­ria for a string of bur­glar­ies across the state.

The charges against him in­cluded one count of ag­gra­vated bur­glary, four counts of bur­glary, six counts of theft and one at­tempted bur­glary.

Po­lice were search­ing for the for­mer Fin­ley High School stu­dent in Tocumwal, Co­bram and De­niliquin last week be­fore he was ap­pre­hended in Vic­to­ria.

His sen­tence was handed down on Mon­day in Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates’ Court. He pleaded guilty to all charges.

Po­lice said John­son’s crime spree be­gan on De­cem­ber 16, when he and three oth­ers at­tempted to rob a Nu­murkah car wash.

They were un­suc­cess­ful, but later that night they broke into the Nu­murkah IGA su­per­mar­ket and stole al­most $4500 worth of cig­a­rettes and al­co­hol.

Po­lice said on De­cem­ber 22, John­son, again with three coof­fend­ers, broke into the Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tion in Strath­mer­ton. They es­caped with $2700 worth of cig­a­rettes and mo­bile phones.

On Jan­uary 16, po­lice said John­son and two oth­ers broke into the IGA su­per­mar­ket in Tatura.

The trio forced a cleaner who was in­side to help them steal $3000 worth of cig­a­rettes and al­co­hol. The cleaner was not hurt in the in­ci­dent.

On Jan­uary 23, po­lice said the 19 year-old and one co-of­fender broke into Millers Mow­ers and Mo­tor­cy­cles in Co­bram.

They stole sev­eral Honda mo­tor­cy­cles and seven chain­saws, to the value of $17,000.

Po­lice said other crimes in­cluded: on Fe­bru­ary 12, while in Bendigo, John­son stole an­other mo­tor­cy­cle from the street, val­ued at $3500; on Fe­bru­ary 14, John­son and one co-of­fender stole $1000 worth of cig­a­rettes and al­co­hol from a Stan­hope su­per­mar­ket.

John­son was later in­volved in a po­lice pur­suit on the mo­tor­bike stolen from Bendigo. He was even­tu­ally ar­rested.

There are still out­stand­ing NSW war­rants out for John­son. Last week po­lice used lo­cal me­dia to ap­peal for public help to find the wanted for­mer Tocumwal teenager. Po­lice said the NSW mat­ters can­not pro­ceed un­til the Vic­to­rian au­thor­i­ties are fin­ished.

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