Showing no emotion, a father and son stood next to each other in court as they were jailed for four years on Friday over a daring, professional burglary which netted nearly $1 million in cash, gold and jewellery.
Phillip See, 34, an unemployed former law student who once worked for the Crown Solicitor's office in Sydney, was the mastermind behind the Melbourne burglary, while his father, Christopher, 58, worked as a claims officer for Centrelink and went along with his son's plan because he needed the money.
Victorian County Court judge Carolyn Douglas jailed both men for a total of four years after accepting Phillip See had had a dysfunctional upbringing in Sydney and had been suffering from chronic schizophrenia when he spent more than a year planning the raid on the Kennard's storage facility warehouse in Ivanhoe.
Judge Douglas said the burglary had been well-planned and carefully carried out with skill.
The offences were serious and both men had to be jailed because of the need for general deterrence and to protect the community.
Phillip See, of Randwick, was jailed for four years with a non-parole period of two years and Christopher See, of Double Bay, was jailed for four years with a non-parole period of 18 months.
The father of three and his eldest son had pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and fraud charges.
Judge Douglas said she was aware the men had matters pending in NSW but they had yet to be charged and she had been given no details of the offences they had allegedly committed.
The Sees have been named by NSW police as suspects in a three-year-long series of burglaries on Sydney's north shore from 2008 that allegedly netted millions of dollars.
They admitted stealing $900,000 worth of cash, jewellery, gold and silver bullion from the Melbourne storage facility on December 3, 2011, before returning to Sydney where police later found the stash hidden in a warehouse at Waterloo.
Police discovered a total of $2.1 million in Australian currency, $220,000 in various foreign currencies; gold and silver jewellery and bullion and false driver's licences in the warehouse.
Phillip had entered the Melbourne storage facility by scaling a tall cyclone fence and cutting through barbed wire at the top. His father kept watch at a nearby church.
Once inside the property, Phillip used a portable power saw to cut a hole through a timber access door to gain entry to a safe deposit box room.
This door was alarmed but would only be activated if it was opened.
Phillip placed a bag over a surveillance camera in the room and opened 36 security boxes by grinding, cutting and damaging lock mechanisms.
He rang his father 69 times during the burglary, discussing what he had found, how long he should spend in the premises and the use of a bleach product to clean the crime scene.
The calls included Phillip See telling his father: "Um, I'm - I'm nearly two-thirds through, um, but I've got so much here it's unbelievable. Um it will shock you. I don't know how to get it out, it's too much."
In another, Phillip told his father: "Guess how much money I found? Guess how much money I found?"
Christopher replied: "How much, tell me, a lot?"
Phillip: "Three - three hundred thousand."
Christopher: "Ooh, f---, you're kidding?"
Phillip: "Three hundred thousand dollars cash. And guess what else I found. Forty ounces of gold. Wait 'til you see it, Dad, you're gonna be f---in' shell-shocked. I can't believe it."
seriously!!! sad society we are living in Greed!!!!!