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

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court now, pleading responsible to rates such as theft and obtaining house by deception.

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

Paul Pecora has pleaded guilty to stealing from mourners at a funeral. (9)

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

Even so, that incident was not the very first time he experienced preyed on persons attending a funeral, the court heard now.

Again in 2015, the Werribee person went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a guy he failed to know after observing the notice for the function in the newspaper, in which the household questioned for donations to most cancers study as a substitute of bouquets.

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 considered he bought absent with about $535 value of donations.

The investigator told the court docket the incident was “1 of the cheapest functions” he experienced been privy to as a law enforcement officer.

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

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

Though the punters were being away from the machines, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for cash.

Working with this technique, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Hotel on March 24, then stole much more than $800 two times later at Newtown.

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

Pecora has due to the fact paid back again the income he stole from the church in 2015.

His lawyer informed the court Pecora’s continued offending was owing to his ongoing gambling habit.

The courtroom has banned the father from all gaming venues ahead of his sentence staying handed down future 7 days.