Crim takes the cake: Mandurah man (19) avoids further jail time for Cheesecake Shop theft

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A 19-YEAR-OLD man has escaped further jail time after he stole cheesecakes and intended to rob from the Mandurah Cheesecake Shop.

Michael Patrick Kiernan appeared via video link from Acacia Prison at Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Kiernan pleaded guilty to burglary with intent and stealing charges.

Kiernan was sentenced to prison in November last year for unrelated stealing offences.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tamara Read said Kiernan entered the Cheesecake Shop in Mandurah and stole two boxes of cheesecakes in the open cabinet worth a total of $19.90 on November 8, 2017.

Kiernan then revisited the store the next day at 5.26am in the morning, entered through an already smashed front window and an already opened door resulting from property damage caused by an intruder over night.

Kiernan wandered around the store, removed the cash draw, shook it but put it back and didn’t steal anything.

Kiernan was arrested on February 1 after CCTV images revealed Kiernan’s prominent tattoo.

Defence lawyer Clare Hay said Kiernan had plans to go to rehab upon his release as he used meth during his frequent offending period.

Magistrate Anne Longden said she understood things were unstable at the time of Kiernan’s offending.

Ms Longden said she hoped Kiernan would follow through with rehab otherwise he “would find himself straight back to offending”.

Ms Longden said because someone else already damaged the Cheesecake Shop before he entered, she fined Kiernan $1000 for burglary with intent and $200 for stealing.

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