Melbourne gentleman steals from funerals Werribee father Paul Pecora admits to stealing income donations

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtroom these days, pleading guilty to prices like theft and getting residence by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for thieving from grieving kinfolk of a youthful father at a memorial service in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

Paul Pecora has pleaded guilty to thieving from mourners at a funeral. (Nine)

The thief took $7000 that was meant for the victim’s son, who has autism.

On the other hand, that incident was not the to start with time he experienced preyed on individuals attending a funeral, the court read right now.

Back again in 2015, the Werribee person went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a male he didn’t know right after seeing the see for the function in the newspaper, in which the spouse and children questioned for donations to most cancers exploration in its place of flowers.

Pecora was caught on CCTV mingling with mourners at the funeral before he stole envelopes out of the donation box and fled the church.

It is believed he bought absent with about $535 worth of donations.

The investigator informed the court the incident was “just one of the lowest functions” he had been privy to as a police officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a sequence of thefts at Geelong motels this yr, in which he qualified punters who had reserved their poker equipment.

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies devices. (A Existing Affair)

Although the punters ended up away from the equipment, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for hard cash.

Making use of this technique, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Lodge on March 24, then stole a lot more than $800 two times later on at Newtown.

The pursuing 7 days he managed to steal $910 at Waurn Ponds Hotel.

Pecora has due to the fact compensated again the dollars he stole from the church in 2015.

His lawyer informed the courtroom Pecora’s ongoing offending was thanks to his ongoing gambling dependancy.

The court docket has banned the father from all gaming venues ahead of his sentence being handed down upcoming week.