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