Batlow looter gets out in July

Jordan Crampton crashed this stolen car on the Old Tumbarumba Road, after looting a house and trying to flee police on the day thousands of people evacuated the township of Batlow ahead as the Dunns Road Fire approached.

Batlow looter Jordan Thomas Crampton will be behind bars until at least July 2 this year after being sentenced in Young Local Court on Tuesday.

Crampton, 20, of Tumut, was sentenced to an aggregate term of imprisonment of 18 months to commence on January 3 2020 and expiring on July 2 2021 with a non-parole period of six months.

He is to be released to parole on July 2 this year, with the sentence taking in time already served while Crampton awaited his court hearing.

He appeared on charges of having goods in personal custody suspected of being of stolen, possessing housebreaking implements, entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offence, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner, drive reckless/furious or speed/manner dangerous, never licences person drive vehicle on the road, deal with property proceeds of crime, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, possession of equipment for administering prohibited drugs, break and enter house and steal, self administer/attempt self administer prohibited drug.

Crampton had pleaded guilty to the charges.

Crampton earned the ire of the community when, aged 19, he was arrested after property was stolen from a vacant home near Batlow on January 2, in the middle of bushfire crisis.

At about 3.30pm that day, he broke into a rural property on Old Tumbarumba Road at Batlow.

At the time the home was unoccupied, with the residents leaving the property due to bushfire activity.

He searched through the house, before stealing a Ford Falcon sedan.

A short time later, officers from Riverina Police District observed a Ford Falcon sedan driving erratically along Old Tumbarumba Road, Batlow.

Police initiated a pursuit, but it was terminated shortly after due to safety concerns.

Soon after, officers located the sedan after it crashed into a tree.

He was taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and placed under police guard.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a backpack containing several items believed to be stolen, including jewellery, documentation, and ammunition.