Sometimes offenders go the whole hog on their brand of crime.
From August 2016 to September 2017 a woman from Corio, Australia engaged in a series of property crimes against four elderly men. The crimes spanned theft, aggravated burglary, robbery and obtaining property by deception. One of the crimes included stealing a credit card from a disability pensioner; another victim was an 80 year old. The circumstances might be inferred from the definition of “robbery” in §75 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic.):
A person is guilty of robbery if he steals, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, he uses force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in fear that he or another person will be then and there subjected to force. … A person guilty of robbery … is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 4 imprisonment (15 years maximum).
The defendant pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates Court. McGarvie M imposed a sentence of four years imprisonment with a non-parole period of three years.
The defendant has lodged an appeal against her sentence in the County Court of Victoria.
Police v Elston (2018) Geelong Advertiser, 16 April 2018, p.7.