Female thief who used screwdriver as a threat jailed

A DRUG-affected Ballarat woman who threatened to rob a person with a screwdriver as part of a series of attempted daylight thefts was jailed on Friday. 

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Chloe Kakoschke, 26, had pleaded guilty In the County Court in Melbourne to a string of charges, including theft, unlawful assault, attempted theft and armed robbery, assault police and obtaining financial advantage by deception. 

The court heard Kakoschke, who was coming down from the drug ice and abusing Xanax at the time of offending, attempted to steal from three people in the space of about two hours on August 6, 2013. 

Kakoschke and one co-accused stole cigarettes and a wallet from a woman’s handbag outside a Subway store about 1pm. 

Although the items were returned almost immediately, the co-accused hit the woman in the face as the pair fled the scene. Kakoschke later used a screwdriver to demand cash from another woman about 30 minutes after the first incident.

When the woman said she did not have any money, the pair fled. 

A short time later, Kakoschke and her co-accused stole a woman’s handbag from a cubicle in the female toilets of a Ballarat medical centre.

The bag contained $80, a mobile phone, prescription glasses, a wallet with cards and keys.

Kakoschke was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 12 months. She has already served 15 days in pre-sentence detention.

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