Melbourne person steals from funerals Werribee father Paul Pecora admits to stealing dollars donations


Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court these days, pleading guilty to fees together with theft and acquiring property by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for thieving from grieving relations of a youthful father at a memorial service in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

Paul Pecora has pleaded responsible to thieving from mourners at a funeral. (Nine)

The thief took $7000 that was intended for the victim’s son, who has autism.

Even so, that incident was not the initial time he had preyed on individuals attending a funeral, the courtroom heard today.

Back again in 2015, the Werribee man went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a person he did not know right after seeing the recognize for the function in the newspaper, in which the family members asked for donations to cancer research as an alternative of flowers.

Pecora was caught on CCTV mingling with mourners at the funeral ahead of he stole envelopes out of the donation box and fled the church.

It is considered he bought away with about $535 worthy of of donations.

The investigator instructed the court docket the incident was “one of the cheapest acts” he had been privy to as a police officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a series of thefts at Geelong inns this yr, in which he targeted punters who had reserved their poker machines.

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies equipment. (A Latest Affair)

Although the punters were being away from the devices, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for funds.

Utilizing this technique, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Lodge on March 24, then stole extra than $800 two days later at Newtown.

The following week he managed to steal $910 at Waurn Ponds Hotel.

Pecora has considering the fact that paid out back the money he stole from the church in 2015.

His attorney told the court Pecora’s continued offending was owing to his ongoing gambling habit.

The court has banned the father from all gaming venues in advance of his sentence getting handed down future 7 days.