A MAN smashed his way into the Thrifty-Link Hardware Store in Strathfieldsaye in a moment of impulse, a court has heard.
Robert Bowen faced Bendigo Magistrates Court in a grey shirt and Billabong boardshorts Friday on charges of burglary and criminal damage.
The court heard Mr Bowen had attended the Blucher Street business in the early hours of Friday morning.
Prosecutor Sergeant Dave Somerton said he had driven to the site and removed a hammer from his vehicle before repeatedly smashing a window.
“He’s gained access to the interior,” Sergeant Somerton said.
“Alarms have sounded and he’s taken off.”
Sergeant Somerton said witnesses had seen the accused and had taken notes before contacting the police.
“He was subsequently arrested,” he said.
“He made admissions at the police station.
“He said it was an impulse thing and he didn’t really have any other reason.”
Sergeant Somerton said he would be satisfied if Mr Bowen was given certain bail conditions.
“The prosecution is satisfied if there is a curfew put in place as well as a static residence, then that will allay any concerns about potential re-offending,” he said.
Magistrate Bruce Cottrill bailed Mr Bowen to a property on Condon Street, Kennington.
He will return to court again on January 20.