Counselling, bond for serial Spotlight thief

A FIRST-time offender has been given a chance to prove her good character after pleading guilty to stealing from Mildura’s Spotlight store 10 times in three months.

Anne Pascale stole random items including craft supplies and kitchen appliances from the Fifteenth Street store on 10 separate occasions from January to April this year.

Mildura Magistrates’ Court heard the 61-year-old mother of four was a previous employee of the store and now worked at a Mildura retail shop.

On each occasion Pascale made a purchase at the counter, often buying fabric, before loitering in the shop and pocketing numerous items before leaving and showing the receipt from the initial purchase.

It is estimated she stole goods worth $485, the value of the stolen items escalating as the thefts progressed.

After Pascale’s family learnt of the offences, her husband approached the store to try to pay for the items.

She this week pleaded guilty to the theft charges.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said the offending was persistent, premeditated and “distressing” given she worked in the retail industry.

Her counsel said it was Pascale’s first time before the court and she had sought counselling.

Mr Lethbridge said while there was no evidence in doctors’ reports to directly link the offending with a medical condition, something had obviously happened that affected Pascale’s judgment. 

Pascale was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond with the condition she obey the direction of medical professionals. She must also pay $485 compensation to Spotlight. 

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