Wednesday August 21 2013

– A woman who dressed as a guard and tried to steal money from two banks has wept in court as her son, who was involved in similar crimes, was remanded in custody to await sentence.
Tina Bernadine Lomacchio, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and attempting to obtain property by deception, for her role in the attempted theft at two Westpac branches.
During both bank visits, she was wearing a full Armaguard uniform, sunglasses and a black wig. Her male co-offender was also wearing a uniform, imitation gun and sunglasses.
They failed to trick staff into handing over cash.
Prosecutor Damian Ellwood told the County Court those failed attempts followed a successful trick raid carried out on April 12th last year during which her son, bank employee Rocco Lomacchio, had ushered associate Rocky Bornino into the Westpac branch in Niddrie.
Bornino and another man were dressed as cash guards and wearing imitation pistols, the court was told. They got away with $440,000.
Mr Ellwood told Chief Judge Michael Rozenes that Rocco later teamed up with Bornino on November 9th and, wearing Chubb uniforms and carrying imitation pistols, they tried to rob seven Bendigo Bank branches across the southeastern suburbs.
They were successful only nonce, netting $31,900, Mr Ellwood said.
Rocco, now 24, has pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary and obtaining property by deception, and seven counts of attempting to obtain property by deception.
When detectives raided his mother’s home they found $22,000 cash, Armaguard uniforms and an empty box for an imitation pistol.
She told police she bought the uniforms in an underground carpark at Crown casino – where she was a patron – for costumes to be worn at a New Year’s Eve dress-up party.
Rocco’s defence barrister, Josh Taaffe, said his client had no prior criminal convictions but had made a “startling unfortunate debut” as an offender.
Scott Johns, for Tina Lomacchio, said his client had great difficulty in explaining why she got involved.
Rocky Bornino, 47, was jailed in June to 39 months’ jail with a minimum of 15 months.
Chief Judge Rozenes extended Tina Lomacchio’s bail. She wept when Judge Rozenes remanded Rocco in custody.
Mother and son will be sentenced on Friday – Paul Anderson


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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