A MOTHER who went on a ‘joy ride’ with two mates who burgled two grocery stores has been given a 15-month community corrections order.
Kandy-Lee Edwards, 30, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to a string of charges which included theft, burglary, drug driving, driving while suspended and possession of an illicit substance.
The court heard Edwards travelled with the two male co-accused to Kerang on October 11 parking around the corner from the IGA supermarket.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sally Mannell said at 12.50am Edwards stayed in the vehicle.
‘‘The two co-accused climbed into the roof of the IGA by cutting a hole,’’ she said.
‘‘They stole 54 cartons of cigarettes, smashed two cash registers before loading the goods into a trolley and smashing the front glass window.
‘‘The total value of the items was $10,500 and the total damage was $1216.’’
Snr Constable Mannell said they loaded up their ute before heading to Boort to rob another supermarket.
‘‘At 1.45am they parked in front of the IGA supermarket where the two co-accused smashed the front door,’’ she said.
‘‘The accused remained with the ute smoking.
‘‘The two men stole batteries and refills as well as $1944.28 worth of alcohol.’’
The court heard the two men caused $7133.85 worth of damage in attempts to steal further items.
Edwards was seen on CCTV with the ute when she paid for fuel at a service station around 2.30am.
She was also charged with theft of a lighter and pepper grounder from Rochester Discounts on December 20 as well as possession of an illicit substance on August 5.
‘‘The accused was intercepted by police driving in Echuca around 2.14am,’’ Snr Constable Mannell said.
‘‘Police found two pink ecstasy pills, self-lock plastic bags and around .01g of ice.’’
They also found an illegal stanley knife in her car door.
The court heard Edwards only received one carton of cigarettes after the smash and grab joy ride.
Magistrate Bruce Cottrill said it didn’t help Edwards that she refused to tell police who the two men were.
‘‘I think it would of been a demonstration of good will to the community,’’ he said.
‘‘The offending is consistent of that of someone who was involved in an illicit substance, which you were.
‘‘But this is no excuse and is consistent with a term of imprisonment.’’
Mr Cottrill convicted Edwards and ordered her to complete 250 hours of community work.