A YOUNG Sebastopol woman who stole from a supermarket days after being given a suspended jail term for similar offences was jailed yesterday.
Jessica Strebs, 19, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court, where she received a four-month sentence to be served in a youth training centre.
Strebs was given a three-month suspended jail term on August 20 this year after pleading guilty to a string of shop theft charges.
The sentencing magistrate on that occasion warned Strebs to curb her “spending spree” if she didn’t want to go to jail.
Yesterday, Strebs appeared genuinely remorseful as magistrate Peter Mithen urged her to consider her future and her young daughter.
“It’s up to you,” Mr Mithen said. “You can set out her (her daughter’s) future as best and as positive as you can. She will follow by your example.”
Referring to a letter Strebs had her lawyer hand up in a previous court appearance, Mr Mithen said her destiny was in her hands.
“This letter you wrote, I’m impressed by that,” he said.
“You’re at the crossroads.”
Strebs pleaded guilty to more theft charges after being caught stealing flowers from the Coles supermarket in Peel Street on August 22 this year.
On August 28 she was again caught stealing grocery items from the Coles and Safeway supermarkets in Sebastopol.
Earlier this year Strebs pleaded guilty to shop theft and wilfully trespassing in a public place after she was caught stealing lamingtons and cakes from a Stockland Wendouree bakery.
In that incident Strebs leant across the counter of the closed bakery to steal a tray of cakes valued at $100.
Strebs was ordered to serve three months jail for the breach of the suspended sentence, while she also received one month jail, to be served concurrently, for a breach of a community corrections order.
As of yesterday she had already served 42 days in custody.