Man sent to jail for stealing $17,000 worth of dental equipment

Man sent to jail for stealing $17,000 worth of dental equipment

A MAN who stole $17,000 worth of dental equipment was sentenced to 10-months prison when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.

Derek Turner pleaded guilty to a burglary at Mandurah Dental Surgery and the attempted burlary of Instant Cash Mandurah.

Police prosecutor Emma Houghton said Turner caused $2500 damage by using a reciprocating saw to try and cut through a security screen at Instant Cash Mandurah in July last year.

He then went to the back of the store and tried to get through the rear door.

Senior Constable Houghton said after failing to gain entry, Turner took a vacuum cleaner worth $49 from a trailer before leaving.

Just days later on August 11, 2018, Turner rummaged through an open garage at Mandurah Dental Surgery.

Sen Const Houghton said Turner then smashed through a window and stole a new laptop. He later sold it to a friend for $50 and $17,000 worth of dental equipment.

Turner said he had been riding his bicycle past the building when he saw the open garage door and decided to take a look.

Magistrate Anne Longden took into account Turner’s personal circumstances and his previous record for similar offences before sending him to jail.