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Prison time for theft

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September 13, 2017

A man found guilty of 31 charges including multiple theft and burglarly was yesterday sentenced to prison by Shepparton Magistrates' Court.

A man who broke into homes and businesses across Shepparton, stealing thousands of dollars worth of goods, he did it to fuel a methamphetamine addiction according to his lawyer.

Joshua Buovac, 21, faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday for a summary hearing to plead guilty to 31 charges including multiple theft and burglary.

It was the second time Buovac faced court after he was arrested during an extensive police manhunt at Toolamba in June.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kim Thomson told the court Buovac broke into multiple homes and businesses in 2016 and 2017.

After stolen items were found in his car during a police check, a warrant on his Shepparton home uncovered a wealth of stolen goods.

Buovac’s lawyer claimed he started using cannabis at 13, but it was not until he developed a methamphetamine habit in recent years he went off the rails.

‘‘He lost his employment as a result of his drug taking and this spiralled into further problems as he needed funds to feed his habit,’’ the lawyer said.

The lawyer said Buovac, who had already served 99 days in custody this year, wanted to change his ways.

‘‘He does have a moral compass and he knows when he is doing the wrong things,’’ the lawyer said.

Magistrate Stella Stuthridge sentenced Buovac to 10 months in prison with an 18-month community corrections order once released.

He will face court on September 20 in Melbourne for a range of indictable charges he allegedly committed during the same time period.

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