PAROLE: Michael Melville must pay more than $1800 restitution.
PAROLE: Michael Melville must pay more than $1800 restitution. Katie Hall

Parole for teen who stole $2k pokie winnings from woman

A BUNDY teen who ripped $2000 in pokie winnings out of a woman's hand before making off with the cash will be released on parole.

Michael Alan Melville, 19, pleaded guilty to 16 charges during his video link appearance at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The majority of the charges included stealing after previous convictions and stealing from a person.

The court was told Melville had gone on a whirlwind stealing spree, starting in April with a $70 bottle of whiskey and ending with a $2000 grab and dash.

Melville struck again the next day, but this time at Rebel Sports, where he made off with $110 worth of clothing and shoes.

Days later, he stole $80 of groceries at Everfresh.

Melville had also tried to complete a fraudulent refund at Kmart, but wasn't successful.

On April 28, he stole an unknown amount of clothing from Kmart and again on May 1 he walked out with a $79 bluetooth speaker.

But it was his crime on May 13 at the Metro Hotel that saw him grab a woman's pokie winnings which she'd put in her purse.

He dashed out of the hotel with $2000, but didn't get far before members of the public tried to recover the money.

On the same day, Melville stole a $298 speaker from Officeworks.

The court was told he later punched a drinks cabinet at Chippindall's Newsagency, smashing the glass and causing $1000 in damages.

Melville also stole $59 from a service station and drove off without paying.

Defence lawyer Gavin James said Melville had "unfortunately had a deprived and disjointed upbringing".

"He said he had no money at the time and was trying to survive," Mr James said.

Magistrate Ross Woodford ordered six months imprisonment, with time already served.

He was given a parole release date of July 10.

Melville was ordered to pay $1805.34 restitution.