Burg’s bluff called with poker

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A BUR­GLAR from South Gee­long was caught in a cit­i­zen’s ar­rest af­ter a con­fronta­tion with a res­i­dent armed with a fire poker.

Ni­cole Robert­son was rum­mag­ing through a garage in Melbourne’s west­ern sub­urbs on March 18 — al­legedly along­side her boyfriend — when a woman who lived at the prop­erty re­turned home.

The res­i­dent armed her­self with a fire poker and struck Robert­son’s boyfriend twice af­ter he al­legedly ad­vanced to­wards her.

Sev­eral wit­nesses then pounced on the cou­ple, hold- ing them un­til po­lice ar­rived. Robert­son, 45, a mother of three, pleaded guilty in Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court yesterday to bur­glary and theft charges for of­fences com­mit­ted over a six-month pe­riod.

The court heard many of­fences hap­pened when Robert­son was on bail or serv­ing a com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions or­der.

Robert­son’s crime spree started on De­cem­ber 27 last year, when she took a man’s wal­let that had been dropped in a North Gee­long carpark.

Rather than hand­ing in the wal­let to a po­lice sta­tion, Robert­son took sev­eral bank cards and used them to buy re­tail items, top up her myki pass and pay for a taxi.

But she came un­done when one of the cards was de­clined as she tried to buy $99 worth of cloth­ing from a store in West­field Gee­long.

She mis­tak­enly left her own wal­let in the store with her driver’s li­cence.

Robert­son also pleaded guilty to steal­ing a bag from a New­town gym on Fe­bru­ary 9 that con­tained two iPhones, cloth­ing and $45 cash.

The court was told Robert­son had spent the past six months in cus­tody.

Her lawyer said Robert­son turned to drug use sev­eral years ago.

She was re­manded and will re­turn to court for sen­tenc­ing next month.

Pic­ture: GLENN FER­GU­SON

TOYS FOR JOY: Gee­long Har­ley-Davidson owner Colin Jones with Herne Hill kinder stu­dents Ben­jamin, Lola and Shay­lah.

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