Man behind bars after wave of break and enters into small Riverina businesses

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

An Ashmont man involved with a trio who smashed their way into several Riverina businesses with a car jack has been put behind bars. 

Ryan Jeffrey Maunder, 30, was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of three years in Wagga District Court this week. 

Maunder pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated break and enter to commit a serious indictable offence, break and enter dwelling in company and armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence, in breach of two existing good behaviour bonds. 

The trio made its way from Coolamon before hitting businesses at Temora, Junee and The Rock within about three hours in the early hours of February 6. 

Maunder drove the getaway car during several of the break-ins, ending the night with more than $3000 worth of alcohol and a haul of cigarettes. 

Judge Gordon Lerve told the court there was a need for general deterrence as he handed down his sentence. 

Maunder will be eligible for parole on February 27, 2020.