Mandurah thief caught red handed

Jemma Blurton caught on CCTV taking items from Eco Spa in August.
Jemma Blurton caught on CCTV taking items from Eco Spa in August.

AN habitual thief who stole from multiple Mandurah businesses was sentenced to 100 hours community work on October 2 at Mandurah Magistrates Court.

Jemma Joyce Blurton plead guilty, via video link from Bandyup Prison, to 11 stealing charges, seven counts of gaining benefit by fraud, three counts of breaching bail, possessing stolen property and receiving stolen goods.

The offences were committed from November 2014 until July this year.

The police prosecutor told the court that Blurton stole beauty packages from Eco Spa, LED lights from Falcon Auto Parts and Accessories and six prints from a print stall at Mandurah Forum.

It was revealed that Blurton was caught on CCTV taking an empty hair straightener box from Hair Mart Mandurah and that she took BOSE speakers from a Good Samaritan bin.

She also stole DVDs and games from Blockbuster stores.

The police prosecutor said Blurton would then sell the ill-gotten goods at Cash Converters stores.

She fraudulently scammed more than $400 from Cash Converters.

Counsel for the accused said 35-year-old Blurton struggled financially as a single mother.

“She is in a position where she has significant financial need related to a drug problem,” counsel said.

Blurton’s crime spree came to an end when police executed a search warrant at her home on August 22.

Blurton will be on a 12-month community based order while she completes 100 hours of community work.

She owes the courts $325 in costs and $2000 will go to the State of WA for breaching bail.

She was ordered to pay $425 in restitution to Cash Converters, $330 in restitution to Eco Spa and $60 to Hair Mart Mandurah.

There was an order for return made in relation to the other goods.

Blurton was caught on CCTV taking items from Eco Spa in August.