Mandurah: man who stole from bank deposit machine cops community based order sentence

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A MAN who stole $1879 from a bank deposit machine and spent the money on “luxury things” appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court today

John Darrell Combe pleaded guilty to stealing.

Police prosecutor Constable Sean Discombe said Combe entered a bank in Mandurah Forum and observed a dental business employee put $1879 inside a deposit machine on October 30, 2017.

Combe opened the machine, took the deposit bag containing the money and fled the bank.

The money was never recovered but instead spent by Combe.

He made full admissions to police in relation to the stealing.

“It seemed ridiculously easy for him to do that” Magistrate Anne Longden said.

Combe, who represented himself, told the court he was remorseful and sorry.

He said he was looking for work and trying to get his life back on track.

Combe made admissions to the court that he spent the money on “luxury things” like clothes.

Magistrate Longden ordered Combe to pay back the “significant amount of money”.

“You don’t have a clean record,” she said.

Magistrate Longden took into account Combe’s “genuine” remorse and sentenced him to a six-month community based order with supervision and program requirements.

He must also complete 60 hours of community work.

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