Stolen bank cards used for shopping

A MILDURA woman used stolen credit cards to buy KFC, alcohol, cigarettes and barbecue meat, a court has heard.

Simone Bolten, 29, was arrested on Monday at an Ambleside Crescent address and on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a string of ­offences before Mildura Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard in November last year Bolten was involved in three petrol drive-offs from Mildura’s Seventh Street Caltex service station over 11 days, with the thefts totalling almost $200.

At the time she was unlicensed and driving an unregistered car.

In February this year, a man was playing cricket at Mildura’s Eleventh Street ovals when belongings, including car keys, an iPhone, a wallet containing cash, three bank cards and Canadian and Australian driver’s licences were stolen.

On the same afternoon, Bolten and a co-accused used the stolen bank cards five times to buy cigarettes, meat from a butcher, KFC and alcohol to the value of almost $170.

In April, the pair stole a scooter valued at $400 from a Barry Avenue address, Bolten later telling police she believed the victim was a family member of the co-accused.

She told them she was cold and took the scooter to “get home faster”.

In July, Bolten and the co-accused stole a number of items from Aldi’s Mildura store.

Defence counsel Hugh Middleton said Bolten did not come to the attention of police until she was 25 years old and much of her offending was drug-fuelled, having used ice and cannabis for a couple of years. 

However, he said she had since sought counselling to address issues.

Mr Middleton said while Bolten had a short criminal history, she was getting to the point of no return. 

Bolten was placed on a community corrections order for 12 months and must ­receive treatment for drug use and mental health issues. She was again placed on a previous order to complete 69 hours of community work.

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