A Bunbury man who went on a four-month stealing spree throughout the city has been given a 12-month conditional release order and fined $100 for each offence. Trent Michael Harkness appeared in the Bunbury Magistrate’s Court via video link from Bunbury prison on Thursday, charged with 10 counts of stealing, driving with a prohibited drug in his system and breaching a bail undertaking. Between October 3 and February 8, Harkness stole fuel five times from Coles Express Bunbury and Caltex Woolworths Bunbury, a metal frame splash pool from Clark Rubber Bunbury, perfume from Bunbury Forum Pharmacy, confectionery from South Bunbury Marketplace, a basketball jersey from Intersport Bunbury and an item from Bunbury Jaycar. On December 7 he breached a bail undertaking and on December 11 he drove with an illicit drug in his system. Duty lawyer Fiona Walsh said issues with Harkness’ Centrelink payments had “left him with not enough money to get by,” before a series of difficult family circumstances. “His partner has family in Northam and there were three deaths in the family within a month,” she said. “He didn’t have the cash to get there. The perfume he stole was sold so he could afford to buy food.” A remorseful Harkness, who has four children with a previous partner, told the court he was ready to turn his life around. “I am extremely sorry to the community,” he said. “I want to turn my life around for myself and for my kids. “I know that there is help out there.” Magistrate Tanya Watt implored Harkness to live up to those statements. “I understand that money is tight but you cannot be stealing,” she said. “Make a commitment to yourself that it’s not going to happen again.” Harkness had spent six days in custody. In addition to the 12-month conditional release order, he was fined a total of $1100 for the stealing offences and $600 for driving with a prohibited drug as well as having his licence disqualified for six months.