​Deborah Thies fined and CCO extended

A KLEPTOMANIAC who lost three members of her family in a car accident has been warned she risks more time in jail if she continues ​offending.​

​Deborah Gaye Thies, 49, previously of Wonthaggi and now Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to driving and dishonesty offences.

She had an existing community corrections order extended and was fined $2250 with $238 costs.

Police said that Thies was intercepted by police twice late last year, she failed a drug oral fluid test, was driving while suspended and driving an unregistered car.

​In October she went to Supercheap Auto and stole an $8.35 air freshener and just over a week later she stole a key ring valued at $6.29.

Thies was caught on security camera footage.

She then went to Coles in Wonthaggi and selected items worth $93.30 which she put in her bag before selecting donuts.

She told a staff member she would pay for the donuts when she got cigarettes.

The items in the bag were discovered and although Thies handed over $100 for cigarettes she just left the store, saying keep the change and throwing a packet of Bonds goods at staff.

When arrested she told police she was a kleptomaniac. ​

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said Thies was on a fast-track to prison and if she continued that would be the end of her freedom.

She had already spent 10 days in custody and is on a community corrections order after pleading guilty to 24 charges during July last year.

The magistrate lengthened the CCO to provide support for Thies, who has an acquired brain injury she suffered when her husband and two children were killed in a car accident.

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