A MAN who tried to steal a kilogram of chicken breasts from Safeway has been jailed for three months, because he was in breach of his suspended sentence conditions.
Andrew Lentjes, of Bendigo, was handed the prison term yesterday after he attempted to steal chicken breasts and tiger prawns from the supermarket in October 12 last year.
Lentjes’ initial sentence related to charges of criminal damage, possessing cannabis and being drunk in a public place.
He was arrested in August on a separate charge relating to a dispute with a taxi driver.
The Bendigo Magistrates Court was told that Lentjes abused the driver and threatened him, after refusing to pay a fare.
In sentencing, Magistrate Richard Wright said the number of prior convictions and Lentjes’ inability to comply with his suspended sentence conditions meant he needed to be jailed for three months.
The court heard yesterday that Lentjes was caught by staff as he tried to smuggle the items out of the supermarket under his jacket.
Safeway management called police and he was arrested that afternoon.
The three-month prison sentence Lentjes will serve is a cumulative measure, as part of his previous sentence.