Serial thief jailed

A SERIAL thief has been sentenced to five months’ jail with a magistrate saying nothing seemed to deter the Mildura woman from stealing other people’s property.

Natalie Nash pleaded guilty to 13 charges, which included a string of thefts from six Sunraysia stores, when she faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court this week.

Last September, shortly after being released from jail, Nash began a spate of petty thefts, stealing items including a bottle of hard liquor from Irymple’s Ritchie’s IGA, toiletries from Deakin Avenue’s APCO Service Station, Passion Pop from First Choice Liquor and items from Langtree Avenue’s Best and Less. 

In February this year Nash was found in possession of ice and a syringe containing the same substance, after the car in which she was a passenger was intercepted by police along Benetook Avenue.

Nash also pleaded guilty to three crimes dating back to 2016 which included attending the Baby Warehouse store on Fifteenth Street with a co-accused.

Nash distracted a shop assistant while the co-accused made off with $1139 worth of goods which the pair stashed behind the nearby Shell Express Service Station and later attempted to retrieve.

In the majority of the theft offences, Nash was caught on CCTV or police were immediately called when shop assistants recognised the woman in their stores.

Magistrate Andrew Capell told Nash he would not contemplate putting her on a community corrections order given she had 31 pages of criminal history and nothing seemed to stop her stealing other people’s property or breaching bail conditions.

Mr Capell recognised she may have an intellectual disability but maintained she still knew right from wrong.

Nash was sentenced to five months’ jail with 26 days already served.

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