A PORTLAND man who stole $48,000 in 48 hours at Christmas last year has abandoned his appeal against a three-year jail sentence after being warned he risked a more severe penalty.
Vladamir Prekop, 42, pleaded guilty in Portland Magistrates Court to burglary and theft-related offences on Monday, September 10, and was sentenced to serve an immediate three years in jail.
His appeal against the severity of the sentence was heard in Warrnambool County Court on Monday.
Having listened to a summary of the evidence, Judge Bill Stuart warned Prekop that if he continued with the appeal he risked receiving a more lengthy jail term. After consulting his defence counsel Prekop decided to abandon his appeal.
Detective Senior Constable Richard Hughes, of the Warrnambool police criminal investigation unit, had said Operation Amphibia was launched after a burglary and theft at Mac’s Hotel in Mortlake about 8pm on Christmas Day last year netted $27,000 in cash. Warrnambool detectives arrested Prekop on May 18 this year.
Detective Senior Constable Hughes said the accused man was taken to Portland police station, where he allegedly made full admissions to the burglary and theft.
“As part of the investigation the man was questioned in relation to a $21,000 cash burglary and theft which occurred at Murphy’s Transport Solutions at Whitehall Street, Yarraville, on December 23 last year,” he said. “He also made full admission to that crime during a police interview.”