Melbourne person steals from funerals Werribee father Paul Pecora admits to stealing dollars donations

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court docket today, pleading guilty to rates together with theft and getting house by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for thieving from grieving family members of a young father at a memorial provider in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

Paul Pecora has pleaded responsible to stealing from mourners at a funeral. (Nine)

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

Having said that, that incident was not the initial time he had preyed on people attending a funeral, the court listened to right now.

Again in 2015, the Werribee person went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a gentleman he did not know after viewing the discover for the celebration in the newspaper, in which the family members requested for donations to most cancers exploration in its place of bouquets.

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

It is considered he obtained away with about $535 really worth of donations.

The investigator advised the courtroom the incident was “just one of the least expensive functions” he had been privy to as a law enforcement officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a sequence of thefts at Geelong resorts this calendar year, in which he targeted punters who had reserved their poker devices.

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

Although the punters ended up away from the devices, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for dollars.

Employing this technique, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Hotel on March 24, then stole more than $800 two days afterwards at Newtown.

The next week he managed to steal $910 at Waurn Ponds Hotel.

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

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

The courtroom has banned the father from all gaming venues in advance of his sentence remaining handed down subsequent 7 days.