Bunbury man admits stealing $50,000 of jewellery in store thefts

Bunbury man Christopher John Pantou has admitted in court to stealing close to $50,000 worth of jewellery in two shopping centre burglaries.
Bunbury man Christopher John Pantou has admitted in court to stealing close to $50,000 worth of jewellery in two shopping centre burglaries.

A Bunbury man has pleaded guilty to a number of jewellery store robberies in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday. 

Appearing via video link from Hakea Prison, Christopher John Pantou pleaded guilty to 17 charges, seven of which will require him to be sentenced in the District Court. 

Among the charges, Mr Pantou admitted to a burglary on September 21 at Bunbury Forum, where nearly $30,000 of jewellery was stolen. 

He further admitted stealing $20,000 of jewellery from Zamels at Bunbury Centrepoint Shopping Centre on September 25. 

A search of Mr Pantou’s home by police on September 27 found a number of stolen items and drugs. He pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamines, MDMA and cannabis. 

Magistrate Mark Millington ordered a pre-sentence report and a psychological report. 

Mr Pantou was remanded in custody to next appear in the Busselton District Court on February 12, 2018 for sentencing.