Theft hits cricketer

A WOMAN who stole a cricketer’s car and wallet while he was on the field went on a spending spree across Mildura.

Shanice Gazzara pleaded guilty to numer­­ous offences, including multiple thefts on February 2, before Mildura Magistrates’ Court last week.

The court heard in February a male ­victim had left a bag of belongings, including car keys, an iPhone and wallet, on a bench at Mildura’s No.2 Oval while he played cricket.

After the match he noticed the items and his Holden sedan were missing.

He notified police and reported his credit cards had been used five times through the afternoon to buy items including cigarettes, meat, alcohol and food from KFC.

Police told the court Gazzara and a co-accused had used the victim’s car to drive ­between various stores to make the purchases.

In separate incidents, Gazzara and her co-accused stole items from the Woolworths store in Langtree Avenue and two scooters, valued at a total of $800, from Barry Avenue in Mildura, where Gazzara was filmed on CCTV.

The pair were arrested when they were later seen riding the scooters along a Mildura street.

At the time, Gazzara was on bail.

Her counsel told the court she had been drug-­affected during some of the ­offending.

After spending three days in custody, Gazzara was released and put on a community corrections order to carry out 60 hours of community work over six months. 

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