A woman who was on bail when she was caught with stolen goods from a home burglary has been jailed for four months.
Marjorie Kapua, 32, of McKiernan Road in Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to obtaining property by deception, handling stolen goods and breaching a community corrections order.
Magistrate Franz Holzer decided the 40 days Kapua had spent in custody on remand was not enough of a penalty and sentenced the accused to a further 80 days in prison.
On July 18 Ms Kapua was released on bail after she failed to comply with a community corrections order that was imposed on her in February after she was convicted of obtaining property by deception.
Warrnambool police Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said that in the hours after Ms Kapua was bailed, a burglary and theft occurred at a Kelp Street address that saw thousands of dollars worth of items stolen including cameras, a laptop, a bank cheque book and ATM card, MP3 player and several items of jewellery, including a 60-year-old engagement ring.
Following the burglary the victim’s bank card was used to purchase petrol and assorted groceries at Apco service station on Raglan Parade. CCTV footage obtained by police revealed Ms Kapua had purchased the items using the stolen bank card.
She was later intercepted in Granter Street, where she was observed sitting in the back of a vehicle next to a bag containing property stolen from the Kelp Street address, including a cheque book, two sets of house keys and a MP3 player. She was arrested and taken to Warrnambool police station. A search of her McKiernan Road property revealed two cameras stolen from the Kelp Street property. Ms Kapua denied being involved in the burglary and said the stolen items were given to her.
She said she used the bank cards to purchase petrol after her son was kidnapped and taken to Portland.