Two-time petrol thief gets off lightly

A woman who committed two petrol drive-offs at a Bacchus Marsh service station has blamed an ongoing drug dependency for her actions.

Alysha Borle appeared in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrates Court on Friday (September 25), where she pleaded guilty to charges of theft.

On April 12 2013, the accused attended Apco service station, located on Gisborne Road Bacchus Marsh, where she was observed on CCTV cameras filling her car with petrol to the value of $107.35 and driving away, the court heard.

The following month, on May 20 2013, she was observed attending the same service station where she purchased $102.63 worth of petrol and again left without paying.

The footage was passed onto Bacchus Marsh police station, however the woman could not be immediately traced as the registration of the vehicle was not yet linked to the correct owner.

However in March 2014, the vehicle was located in the car park of the Bacchus Marsh Golf Club and the defendant was then arrested.

Borle’s solicitor said the thefts had occurred during a time of great drug dependency, stating that his client had no recollection of the event or much of the past two years.

“Whilst this is no excuse, this is my client’s first appearance in court and although she was a previous ice user she immediately stopped using after her arrest,” he said.

“This was a big wake up call and she has since taken appropriate steps to improve her life, which includes moving in with her friend who has been helping her go through detox.”

Magistrate Robinson noted that the accused had no relevant priors and said while her crimes were totally unfair to businesses attempting to get by, he gave her credit for her attempt at bettering her life and kicking her drug habit.

Borle received a 12-month good behaviour bond and was asked to pay $210 to the court fund.

First appeared in The Moorabool News, September 29 2015

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