Meth-addicted Burglar Helped Partner Steal From Parents

A SOUTH Yunderup man was sentenced to nine months in prison after he helped his partner steal from her parents.

Counsel for the accused, Trent Petherick, said Dillon James Moore was in the grip of a methamphetamine addiction when he committed the bulk of his offending.

He said Moore and his partner were living down the road from her parents and knew they were away when they broke in.

Moore, a father and step-father of six, had pleaded guilty on a previous occasion to two counts of burglary, two of stealing and two counts of breaching bail.

The police prosecutor told the court that Moore attended his in-law’s South Yunderup home on December 2, 2014.

He assisted his partner with the theft of a quantity of gold and diamond jewellery.

She was fined $500 last year for her role in the crime.

In June 2015, Moore broke into Coodanup College at 2am.

He was captured on CCTV walking back and forth at the front of the building.

When CCTV captured Moore again he was further inside the school.

The camera caught Moore kicking in a door to gain entry to B Block.

He stole 10 Apple MacBooks worth $9989 and a Samsung television.

The television was found on school grounds following the burglary.

Forensic officers were able to take fingerprints from the television.

Moore handed himself in to police on June 24.

Mr Petherick said Moore had not used methamphetamine since his incarceration more than three months ago.

He said Moore is now employed full time and has made significant changes to his life.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said Moore’s offences were serious.

She said they warranted a term of imprisonment, but due to the positive changes Moore had made in his life she was willing to suspend the term.

Magistrate Edwards ordered Moore to serve nine months in jail suspended for 12 months for burglary and stealing.

He was ordered to pay $1000 to the state of WA for the breaches of bail.

Moore will have to pay $10,449 in compensation to Coodanup College.