Laundromat mat theft falls flat

A PORTLAND man’s attempt to steal a mat from a laundromat has landed him in court. 

Michael Wilson, 29, of Rundell Avenue, pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court. 

Police prosecutor Paul Harris said Wilson walked into the Portland laundromat on June 7 2013 and pushed a mat beneath a machine. 

He returned later and removed the mat, worth more than $200. The theft was captured on CCTV camera. 

Wilson — already in police custody on armed robbery charges — appeared in court via video link-up.

“Mr Wilson you have an extensive history of dishonesty,” magistrate Peter Mellas told him. 

The magistrate ordered he serve an extra seven days on a current prison sentence. 


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