A BENDIGO man has been sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment after pleading guilty to a number of offences, including burglaries at three central Victorian cricket clubs.
Blake Flower, 26, had already served 191 days of pre-sentence detention when he appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The incidents involving the three cricket clubs took place in November 2017.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Martin Friend said Flower broke into to the Wesley Hill Cricket Club in Castlemaine on the morning of November 6 and stole a television, a quantity of chocolate bars, and alcohol. The stolen items were worth about $996.
Flower then headed to the Barkers Creek Cricket Club, where he was charged with the theft of alcohol, an Esky, and a cricket ball, the total value of which was about $330.
The court heard the 25-year-old then stole a $15,000 green ute from a Harcourt address, which was detected speeding along Sutton Grange Road, and later Sedgwick Road.
The ute reached speeds of 150km/h, Senior Constable Friend said. Police said Flower continued to drive despite knowing police had directed him to stop.
That afternoon, Flower was involved in the theft of four electric toothbrushes and cosmetics from a supermarket in Epsom. The total value of the stolen goods was estimated at $500.
The offences at Guildford Cricket Club took place the following week, between November 16 – 17.
Senior Constable Friend said Flower forced open a fridge and stole about $200 worth of alcohol, stubby holders, and a cricket bat.
The earliest of the matters before the court on Tuesday dated back to October 1, 2016, and involved the theft of a vehicle from a Quarry Hill address.
Senior Constable Friend said the victim was confronted by two men and assaulted after refusing to hand over the keys. The victim was not injured during the altercation.
The stolen car was found five days later in Flora Hill. Senior Constable Friend said it had been dumped. Police said a proof of age card bearing Flower’s name was found under a car seat, along with other belongings.
The RACV paid the vehicle’s owner $2275 in insurance. Magistrate Patrick Southey ordered Flower to compensate the RACV for that sum.
Three days after the vehicle was stolen, Senior Constable Friend said Flower stole $95 worth of goods from a Kangaroo Flat service station.
Flower was also sentenced in relation to driving and dishonesty offences which occurred on October 13, 2017.
Senior Constable Friend said police intercepted the 25-year-old while he was driving on the McIvor Highway at Bendigo in relation to being unlicensed.
The prosecutor said a preliminary oral fluid test detected traces of drugs, but Flower refused to accompany police to the station for further testing.
Senior Constable Friend told the court a search of Flower’s vehicle on October 13, 2017, revealed a parcel and documents from both an electricity provider and a bank in the name of an Amol Belsare.
Police said the documents, which bore a false identity, were used to collect the parcel from a post office. CCTV footage captured the moment the package was collected.
On November 21, 2017, the 25-year-old was accused of stealing a wheel from a vehicle in North Bendigo and dealing with an allegedly stolen licence plate.
“Your offending is serious,” Magistrate Southey told Flower.
The 26-year-old was convicted of all charges.
In addition to the 12 months of imprisonment, Flower was ordered to pay a $700 fine for refusing to comply with the oral fluid testing and had his licence disqualified for two years in relation to the driving offences.
Flower is already serving a period of imprisonment in relation to matters he was sentenced for in the County Court in June.
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