Guilty plea on theft charge

A WOMAN, found by police dragging a suitcase full of stolen goods along a Mildura street, has been sentenced to two months’ jail.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday Natasha Herold had a history of committing dishonesty offences, which had seen her jailed many times.

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to charges including handling stolen goods, burglary and theft, including an incident in January when she stole a backpack containing two iPads, an iPhone and credit cards, valued at $1900 from a parked car.

The theft came to the attention of police when a neighbour saw Herold placing the bag in a bin opposite her home.

In another incident in April, Herold and a co-accused broke into a San Mateo Avenue property’s shed where they found a suitcase and filled it with items including an angle grinder, socket set and bungee cords.

The pair made off with the suitcase and tried to sell the grinder to a nearby neighbour, who reported them to police.

Mildura Police found Herold walking in Birralee Avenue, dragging the suitcase, where they arrested her.

Defence counsel Hugh Middleton said Herold had spent 63 days in jail awaiting sentencing and, if released, would be supported through the Koori Women’s Diversion Program.

She was sentenced to 60 days’ jail, already served, and placed on a good-behaviour bond requiring her to engage in the women’s diversion program.

Herold was also  ordered to obey the directions of a Mallee District Aboriginal Services support worker and to take medication as prescribed by a medical professional.

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