Melbourne man steals from funerals Werribee father Paul Pecora admits to stealing income donations

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtroom now, pleading responsible to expenses like theft and getting home by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for stealing from grieving kin of a younger father at a memorial support in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

Paul Pecora has pleaded responsible to stealing from mourners at a funeral. (9)

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

Nevertheless, that incident was not the initially time he had preyed on people today attending a funeral, the court docket listened to nowadays.

Back in 2015, the Werribee gentleman went to a funeral in Hampton Park for a person he did not know following looking at the recognize for the event in the newspaper, in which the loved ones asked for donations to most cancers investigation as an alternative of bouquets.

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

It is thought he obtained away with about $535 worth of donations.

The investigator explained to the court the incident was “1 of the lowest acts” he had been privy to as a law enforcement officer.

Pecora has also admitted to a sequence of thefts at Geelong lodges this year, in which he focused punters who experienced reserved their poker equipment.

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies machines. (A Current Affair)

When the punters were absent from the equipment, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for funds.

Making use of this strategy, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Hotel on March 24, then stole much more than $800 two times afterwards at Newtown.

The adhering to 7 days he managed to steal $910 at Waurn Ponds Hotel.

Pecora has given that paid out back the cash he stole from the church in 2015.

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

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