A Ballarat drug user has been sentenced to one year in jail for stealing motor vehicles, using false registration plates, a burglary and robbery.
At a plea hearing last week, Aaron Scott Kerseboom had argued he should be sentenced to a community correction order and time already served in jail.
But on Friday magistrate John Murphy said the 26-year-old was found unsuitable for a community correction order because he blamed everyone but himself for the offending.
He said drug abuse had been a long-standing problem for Kerseboom, who told correction officers during an assessment his drug use was the reason behind his offending.
"There comes a stage in anyone's life where you have to take responsibility. I think back to the people whose cars were stolen. People work hard to save up for a motor vehicle," Mr Murphy said.
"The drug ice is a scourge on society. You are the only one who can do something about it and if you don't, you will find yourself in a revolving door in and out of jail.
"If you don't get assistance I don't see much hope for you."
Kerseboom was sentenced at the Ballarat Magistrates Court to one year in jail with a non-parole period of six months.
His driver's licence was cancelled and he was disqualified from driving for two years.
He appeared shocked on the video link after he was sentenced.
The court had previously been told Kerseboom's crime spree spanned from September to November last year.
Between September 28 and 30, he robbed a Selkirk Drive factory of power tools worth several thousand dollars and a $12,000 white utility vehicle.
Weeks later on October 17 at 10pm, Kerseboom entered an Albert Street home in Sebastopol by removing the flywire and opened an unlocked sliding window.
Three victims were asleep while Kerseboom stole car keys for a 2001 Mitsuibishi sedan. The car was later found in Frenchman's Lane with the back wheels stolen.
In another incident on November 21 Kerseboom and an unknown female drove a Nissan vehicle with false registration plates to Geelong.
The court had been told they entered a sports store on Moorabool Street at 2.20pm and selected a number of items worth $560 and left.
A sales assistant followed the pair to Foster Street and called out to Kerseboom, who walked towards the victim and gestured with his right hand asking, "Do you wanna get stabbed?" while suggesting he had a rusty knife.
Kearseboom, who pleaded guilty to the charges, has already served 76 days of his sentence. Before the video link ended, he said he wanted to lodge an appeal.
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