Melbourne man steals from funerals Werribee father Paul Pecora admits to thieving income donations

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court right now, pleading guilty to costs like theft and obtaining assets by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for stealing from grieving family of a youthful father at a memorial support in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

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

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

However, that incident was not the first time he had preyed on individuals attending a funeral, the courtroom read right now.

Again in 2015, the Werribee gentleman went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a person he did not know immediately after seeing the see for the function in the newspaper, in which the family members requested for donations to most cancers study instead of flowers.

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 believed he got absent with about $535 value of donations.

The investigator instructed the courtroom the incident was “one particular of the cheapest acts” he had been privy to as a law enforcement officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a collection of thefts at Geelong lodges this year, in which he targeted punters who experienced reserved their poker machines.

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies machines. (A Recent Affair)

Even though the punters were absent from the devices, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for income.

Utilizing this strategy, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Resort on March 24, then stole more than $800 two days later at Newtown.

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

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

His attorney explained to the court Pecora’s continued offending was thanks to his ongoing gambling dependancy.

The court has banned the father from all gaming venues forward of his sentence staying handed down following 7 days.