Theft with hi-vis

A SERIAL thief and burglar with 45 pages of priors has been released on a community corrections order.

Donna Pierson, 47, pleaded guilty to a string of thefts and burglaries when she faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court Friday.

The court heard Pierson had spent a week in custody since her arrest on a number of theft charges.

On one occasion in April, her and co-accused husband Phillip Pierson drove to a farm in Longford, breaking into a staff tea room and stealing keys and a wallet.

Pierson stole a high-visibility jacket to look like a worker at the farm and stole a car using the keys from the tea room.

The duo later returned to the farm, the co-accused wearing the jacket.

The next day they were captured on CCTV returning to the farm and stealing two backpacks with contents worth more than $2000.

“The problem with Ms Pierson is I expect she’s a revolving door,” Magistrate Stella Stuthridge said. “With the greatest respect ... you just need to stop stealing.”

The court heard Pierson had 45 pages of criminal priors.

Ms Stuthridge sentenced Pierson, who spent a week in custody, to a 12- month community corrections order with 50 hours of community work or treatment hours. 

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