A PRESTON man pulled over in Camperdown at the weekend while visiting his mother has appeared in court charged with stealing meat two years ago.
Mark Dixon, 49, of Preston, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to theft and breaching a court order.
He was pulled over for a routine check at the weekend in Camperdown, found to have warrants out for his arrested and was remanded in custody to appear at court.
Police said that two years ago Dixon went to a Melbourne supermarket where he put a large amount of meat in two Aldi shopping bags.
He paid for other items, but not the meat, and was stopped by a loss prevention officer.
The meat was valued at $231.
Dixon told police that back then he had fallen on hard times.
Lawyer Jack Rabl said Dixon now had his life back on track.
He is working as a concreter, in a stable relationship, no longer drinks and was just visiting his mother when stopped by police for a routine check on Sunday.