Man faces court after break-in and stolen credit card spree at McDonald's

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

A Wagga man will pay the price from behind bars after breaking into a Kooringal home and stealing a credit card to feed his McDonald’s cravings. 

Alex Steven Bartholomew was sentenced in Wagga Local Court this week after pleading guilty to nine charges. 

The 19-year-old broke into the home on between April 1 and 2, escaping with a bank card. 

He then used the stolen card on six separate occasions, wracking up a $74 bill at McDonald’s and a $29 bill on a visit to Woolworths. 

Bartholomew was convicted of breaking and entering a dwelling house, six counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and one of unlawfully obtained goods in personal custody.

He was also convicted of a larceny charge, after he was caught stealing buffalo chicken wings from Woolworths at the Wagga Marketplace on August 23. 

An additional two counts were withdrawn. 

At the time of the offence, Bartholomew was subject to three good behaviour bonds. 

Magistrate Alex Mijovich told Bartholomew that he needed to step up. 

“I’ve been given a complete background of your circumstances from your solicitor but it reaches a point where it needs to stop,” Mr Mijovich said. 

“You need to start making some hard decisions.” 

He was sentenced to 12 months’ behind bars with a non-parole period of six months. 

Bartholomew is set to be released on parole on March 2 next year. 

Upon release, he will be subject to good behaviour bonds for two years.