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Australia Bushfire looters plead guilty over Batemans Bay electrical store break-in

09:17  13 january  2020
09:17  13 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Accused bushfire looters, Leon Elton and Kylie Pobjie, refused bail over Batemans Bay break-in

  Accused bushfire looters, Leon Elton and Kylie Pobjie, refused bail over Batemans Bay break-in A man and a woman accused of robbing a shop in bushfire-ravaged NSW have been remanded in custody, with a court hearing one of the pair once tried to use Monopoly money at a bar.Police arrested 38-year-old plumber Leon Elton and part-time cleaner Kylie Pobjie, 31, after allegedly seizing a number of electrical items during a search of a home at Narooma on Friday.

Betta Electrical in Batemans Bay was heavily damaged by bushfires on NYE. A plumber is one of the first people to plead guilty to looting offences committed during Australia's bushfire crisis. Leon Elton, 38, pleaded guilty to a series of charges on Monday morning after he was accused of stealing

Accused bushfire looters , Leon Elton and Kylie Pobjie, refused bail over Batemans Bay break - in : Animal death toll most likely higher than 480 The pair were arrested on Friday accused of looting the Batemans Bay store . Police seized hundreds of dollars of electrical equipment from two homes.

a close up of a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Leon Elton and Kylie Pobjie have been remanded in custody until sentencing. (Facebook)© Provided by ABC NEWS Leon Elton and Kylie Pobjie have been remanded in custody until sentencing. (Facebook)

A man and a woman have faced court and pleaded guilty to charges of looting on the fire-ravaged New South Wales South Coast.

The pair, both from Tilba Tilba, were accused of stealing from a Beta Electrical store at Batemans Bay, which they broke into twice on Wednesday night.

Leon Elton, 38, has pleaded guilty to six offences — two counts of larceny, two counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, disposing of stolen goods, and a drug possession charge.

The plumber appeared via audio visual link from South Coast Correctional Centre at Nowra and was quiet throughout his appearance.

Couple charged with looting in fire-hit NSW town

  Couple charged with looting in fire-hit NSW town Two people have been charged for allegedly looting electrical items from a business on the NSW South Coast after it was damaged by fire. Police allege the 38-year-old man and woman, aged 31, went to the Batemans Bay shop twice last Wednesday and stole the items. © Nine Kids play cricket in Batemans Bay during the fire crisis The gear was allegedly found at homes in Tilba Tilba and Narooma yesterday.Both were arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station.They face multiple charges relating to breaking into the business and taking goods.Both were refused bail to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court today.

A couple arrested for looting in the wake of the devastating New Year's Eve bushfires on the South Coast stand accused of thieving more than ,000 worth of luxury electronics from Beta Electrical at Batemans Bay , the Mercury can reveal.

Kids play cricket in Batemans Bay during the fire crisis (Nine). The gear was allegedly found at homes in Tilba Tilba and Narooma yesterday. Earlier this week police bosses vowed to ensure three men charged over alleged offences committed in areas of the New South Wales' South Coast impacted by

He did not apply for bail.

Kylie Pobjie, 31, also appearing by audio visual link but from Silverwater Correctional Complex, pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny, two counts of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, and two counts of disposing of stolen goods.

She did apply for bail, but it was opposed by the prosecutor, who told the court she had an "unenviable record".

Her lawyer told the court that while her crimes had been opportunistic at a time when the community was vulnerable, she also rang police to fully confess.

Magistrate Doug Dick refused bail, saying Ms Pobjie would be likely to receive a penalty involving imprisonment and he was concerned about her previous breaches of bail.

The part-time cleaner will remain behind bars at Silverwater until her reappearance in court in February.

Lawyer calls for medical assessment

Mr Elton was supported in court by his parents.

His lawyer requested medical assessments, saying Mr Elton was schizophrenic.

He will reappear in court on February 3.

A third person, 26-year-old Jeremy Holman, also appeared in court, charged with receiving stolen mobile phones.

He pleaded not guilty and remains remanded in custody.

Residents in NSW towns 'angry and afraid' of giant tinderbox on their doorstep .
The state-owned Forestry Corporation is facing heat about piles of debris "metres high" next to the Princes HighwayResidents are warning NSW government logging operations on the South Coast have left behind large piles of combustible debris threatening to ignite "like a giant bonfire" and devastate coastal towns near Batemans Bay.

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