Melbourne gentleman steals from funerals Werribee father Paul Pecora admits to thieving funds donations

Paul Pecora, 60, fronted Melbourne Magistrates’ Court docket now, pleading responsible to prices such as theft and getting assets by deception.

Pecora was jailed in 2019 for stealing from grieving relations of a young father at a memorial services in Avondale Heights in January 2018.

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

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

Nonetheless, that incident was not the initially time he had preyed on individuals attending a funeral, the court 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 observing the observe for the celebration in the newspaper, in which the family members questioned for donations to most cancers analysis 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 believed he bought away with about $535 worthy of of donations.

The investigator told the courtroom the incident was “a single of the most affordable acts” he had been privy to as a law enforcement officer.

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

Pecora stole credits from reserved pokies devices. (A Present-day Affair)

Although the punters ended up absent from the equipment, Pecora withdrew their credits and exchanged them for cash.

Employing this strategy, he stole $237 at the Grovedale Hotel on March 24, then stole additional than $800 two days afterwards at Newtown.

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

Pecora has due to the fact paid out again the money he stole from the church in 2015.

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

The courtroom has banned the father from all gaming venues in advance of his sentence remaining handed down subsequent week.