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Woman sent to drug treatment court after admitting thefts

A woman who stole cheesecake, juice and cash was yesterday sent to Drug Treatment Court.

Marisa Ratteray, 59, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to the offences, as well as a breach of the previous Covid-19 Government curfews.

The court heard that Sharon Stevens, the owner and manager of Yardie’s Kitchen in Pembroke, noticed on October 3 last year that the restaurant’s tip jar had gone missing.

Staff checked the restaurant’s security cameras and saw Ratteray sneak into the building through the window around 1am the night before.

She was seen taking the jar, which had about $100 worth of cash, and further stole a bottle of juice and a slice of cheesecake, which had a combined worth of $9.50.

Ms Stevens again discovered on May 31 that a replacement tip jar was missing.

A review of the security cameras showed Ratteray sneak into the restaurant again and steal the tip jar, as well as another slice of cheesecake and another bottle of juice.

The theft took place during the previous 10pm to 5am curfew.

Kentisha Tweed, for the Crown, told the court that a staff member left $130 in the restaurant overnight on June 11 but discovered the next day that it was missing.

CCTV footage Ratteray trespassing the store again around 1.30am and stealing the cash, as well as another slice of cheesecake and another bottle of juice.

At the time, a curfew between midnight and 5am was in place.

Ms Stevens reported all three incidents to the police, who identified the woman in the footage as Ratteray and arrested her on Sunday.

More than $258 worth of cash and goods were stolen.

Magistrate Maxanne Anderson deferred Ratteray, of no fixed abode, to Drug Treatment Court, which took place later that day.

A social inquiry report and drug assessment was also ordered for her later.

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