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

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court docket now, pleading guilty to expenses which include theft and acquiring home by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for thieving from grieving relatives of a younger father at a memorial services 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.

Nevertheless, that incident was not the 1st time he had preyed on individuals attending a funeral, the court docket read right now.

Again in 2015, the Werribee person went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a person he didn’t know just after looking at the recognize for the celebration in the newspaper, in which the family members requested for donations to cancer research alternatively of bouquets.

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

It is considered he got absent with about $535 well worth of donations.

The investigator explained to the courtroom the incident was “one of the most affordable functions” he had been privy to as a police officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a sequence of thefts at Geelong inns this calendar year, in which he qualified punters who experienced reserved their poker machines.

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies equipment. (A Present-day Affair)

When the punters were absent from the equipment, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for cash.

Making use of this strategy, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Hotel on March 24, then stole a lot more than $800 two days afterwards at Newtown.

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

Pecora has given that paid back the funds he stole from the church in 2015.

His attorney told the court docket Pecora’s ongoing offending was owing to his ongoing gambling habit.

The court docket has banned the father from all gaming venues in advance of his sentence getting handed down upcoming 7 days.