A Ballarat man has been sentenced for burglaries dating back to 2014.
Bobby Slater pleaded guilty to breaking into a York Street house in November 2014, while the occupant was away, and handling goods stolen from a business in Ballarat East in 2018.
The Ballarat Magistrates' Court was told Slater, with a co-accused, had gained entry to the York Street house by removing a flyscreen and jimmying open a window.
Once inside, they rummaged through the house and stole a television.
Police found Slater's fingerprints at the scene, and initially, in a police interview, denied being involved .
In March 2018, a business in Ballarat East was broken into, after offenders cut a hole in the fence and used a hammer to smash a window.
The premises was ransacked and a mobile phone was stolen, as well as Ed Sheeran concert tickets.
The phone was recovered in a raid with Slater's SIM card inside, while he was on bail for other matters.
Slater's defence lawyer said he had no recollection of the burglaries due to his use of methamphetamine and sleeping pills.
"It was during a period of time where he committed other burglaries," he said.
However, he noted Slater had completed more than 300 hours of unpaid community work, and had served 13 days in custody after being arrested when police found the mobile phone.
"He did successfully complete the (previous) community corrections order, and he's no longer using or abusing," his lawyer added.
Magistrate Ross Betts said he took the time served and guilty plea into consideration.
Slater was convicted and given a 12-month community corrections order, and will have to complete 80 hours of unpaid community work.