Serial shoplifter goes home

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A serial shoplifter who racked up thousands of dollars in thefts from Geraldton businesses has promised the court she will live with her mother in Mount Magnet, where she is less likely to offend.

Jessica Paula Curley, 33, appeared in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court recently for sentencing on 36 charges, including 20 counts of stealing and four of gaining benefit by fraud.

The court was told she had stolen $4405 worth of items from Geraldton businesses, including $848 worth of perfume from Chemist Warehouse Geraldton.

She also racked up a $266 bill while fraudulently using another person’s credit card. In August, Curley was banned from the Geraldton CBD after pleading guilty to stealing.

“This girl is very well known to police for her continuation of shoplifting within the CBD of Geraldton,” prosecuting Sergeant Carey Owen told the court.

“She continues to offend, even when she’s on bail.”

Defence lawyer Veronica Randall said Curley stole almost exclusively to support her and her partner’s drug habits.

“He would threaten her if she didn’t go and steal stuff,” Ms Randall said. “He’s currently imprisoned for assaulting her.”

Magistrate Sandra De Maio sentenced Curley to eight months jail, suspended for 12 months.

She was also fined $1000 and placed on a nine month community-based order.

“You’ve got to understand that you’ve reached the end of the road,” Ms De Maio said.

“If you get charged for anything, then you’re going to jail for the eight months.”

Ms Randall said Curley would return to live with her mother in Mount Magnet.

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