A PORTLAND man who stole a $20,000 Subaru and another car from an associate, as well as a range of other offending, has been placed on a corrections order after spending 81 days in custody.
Daniel Winning, 23, of Pile Court, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to about 20 charges in late April.
He has now been placed on a community corrections order after spending almost almost three months in custody.
Winning’s charges included stealing a red Subaru on March 10, which was found burnout two days later in Turners Lane at Digby.
Police said the vehicle was stolen from the Blowholes car park at Cape Bridgewater.
Winning was also involved in a burglary at the Heywood newsagency where $1000 damage was caused and scratchies and confectionary valued at $100 was stolen.
There was also an attempted break-in at the Rosewood Cafe where Winning was captured on security camera footage.
In Warrnambool, overnight on New Year’s Eve another burglary was committed in Henry Street, during which a Galaxy tablet was stolen.
On December 8 Winning and a co-accused went to the Elm Tree Motel where they tried to borrow a car.
The car owner came with them but Winning pulled over near the central McDonald’s restaurant and demanded the owner get out.
The theft was reported to police and the car was involved in an accident four days later when it crashed into a building.
Winning has never held a licence and was pulled over driving an unregistered Nissan sedan in late October last year.
He also stole chocolate and a drink from a supermarket in February and was eventually arrested in Portland near the Safeway supermarket on March 21.
Winning said he was high on drugs during much of the offending.
He has a significant criminal record.
Defence counsel Vince Peters previously said Winning had an intellectual disability and was a carer for his father who has terminal throat cancer.