CRIMINAL: Light-fingered Goodna man Warren Doyn Cobbo, 42.
CRIMINAL: Light-fingered Goodna man Warren Doyn Cobbo, 42.

Serial crook walks free after more than a year in prison

A CAREER crook who likes breaking into people's homes at night and stealing things has been sentenced to four years behind bars.

But remarkably he walked free from court after a judge deemed the 417 days he had already spent in custody was enough.

Light-fingered Goodna man Warren Doyn Cobbo, 42, pleaded guilty to 24 burglary offences committed between October, 2011 and May, 2014.

Cobbo targeted homes in Yamanto, Collingwood Park, Flinders View and Redbank Plains during his 18 month crime spree.

Crown prosecutor Matt Le Grand told the court Cobbo (pictured) was no stranger to the inside of a court room.

He said he had countless entries on his criminal history for burglary offences.

"His criminal history stretches back to 1992 and he was sentenced to 18 months jail in 1995 for committing 18 burglary offences in Leichhardt," he said.

"He was released on parole and then in 1997 he committed a further 22 burglary offences and was jailed for four years."

Mr Le Grand said Cobbo was arrested in August, 2014 in relation to two burglaries at Flinders View.

He said it was then the full extent of Cobbo's night time activities became apparent.

"His DNA was taken following his arrest and once the results came in he was charged with a host of other burglaries," he said.

"He generally broke into homes using a screwdriver, mostly at night and on two occasions he disturbed the occupants.

"He always stole electrical items, currency, jewellery and other consumable items.

"The total cost of his offending would be more than $46,000 but that is an extremely conservative figure."

Defence barrister Scott Neaves said Cobbo was a father-of-four who had a long-term partner.

He said Cobbo's partner, who is unemployed, had been doing it tough financially since his incarceration.

"He claims his offending occurred after losing his job at the Churchill meatworks," he said.

"It was then he fell back into his old habits.

"He also says his grandmother's death in 1991 had an affect on him and initially led to his criminal behaviour.

"Since being in custody his grandfather passed away and he feels guilty at not being able to attend the funeral."

Judge Sarah Bradley sentenced Cobbo to four years behind bars but ordered he be released on immediate parole after taking into account the time he had served in pre-sentence custody.

"The affect on your victims would have been significant and none of the property you stole has ever been recovered," he said.

"People should feel safe in their own homes without being violated by people like you."

Judge Bradley ordered Cobbo remain on parole for five years.



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