A former Instagram model has claimed she is now homeless following a recent stint in jail, as photos of her mugshot show how much she has changed since her last social media post.
Monique Agostino, 25, fronted Blacktown Local Court in Sydney’s west on Monday, less than three weeks after being released on parole for a string of robbery and shoplifting offences in 2018.
In what seems a world away from her time behind bars, Ms Agostino regularly used to post racy photos on Instagram displaying her seemingly enviable lifestyle.
She gained thousands of followers almost overnight after uploading one particular image where she was dressed as Catwoman.
Court documents revealed Ms Agostino was arrested by Strike Force detectives in Harris Park on July 1 this year when they allegedly found her with a number of stolen personal identity documents, bank cards and a Medicare card.
Monique Agostino (pictured above) became an Instagram sensation after this pose in a tight Catwoman outfit
A police mugshot (above) shows life is very different these days for Monique Agostino
Ms Agostino (pictured) began her foray into crime as a getaway driver for a series of robberies in 2018
She was charged with two counts of possessing unlawfully obtained goods and will return to court for those alleged offences at a later date.
Police will also allege Agostino, formerly living in Belrose in Sydney’s affluent northern beaches, was found with two shoe boxes stacked with men’s jewellery and cuff-links, inside her car on Alice St in Harris Park.
Agostino, who previously worked for a leading Manly real estate agent, told the court she was now homeless after being released from jail on parole for separate offences on October 16.
The prosecution threatened to revoke her bail after officers questioned the validity of her designated address in Marayong, in Sydney’s north-west.
‘Police have been trying to establish her address. Probation and parole haven’t been able to confirm the address and there is suspicion over whether she is residing at the address,’ the prosecutor said, according to the Blacktown Advocate.
Agostino pleaded with the court for another chance, promising to live in nearby Parramatta. She will also report to police daily as part of her new bail conditions.
Magistrate Sharon Freund removed Agostino’s strict curfew, warning she must comply with her bail conditions.
The single mother was sentenced to 12 months’ jail in September, with a non-parole period of six months. With time already served, she was released last month.
Police had issued an arrest warrant for breaching bail conditions when she was found in Harris Park in July.
Ms Agostino’s foray into a life of crime began two years ago, when she became involved in a series of bizarre burglaries on Sydney’s northern beaches and north shore.
Ms Agostino (pictured above) had plenty of admirers after posting images like this on her Instagram page
She told Blacktown Court this week she was homeless after being recently released from jail
Monique Agostino (pictured) striking a pose at a beach on Sydney’s northern beaches
The then 22-year-old was a getaway driver for ‘friends’ who robbed an Italian restaurant in Killarney Heights and attempted to break into a fruit shop and cafe.
The crew donned black masks and used chisels to break into the Pound of Pizza restaurant on November 6, 2018. Their efforts were captured on CCTV.
On the same date, Agostino was caught using a stolen credit card to buy $11.55 worth of fast food from McDonald’s in Brookvale.
The card had been reported stolen from the Stanley Street Cafe at St Ives earlier that day.
She was then convicted of stealing a $90 jacket from Supre, and possessing a knife and drugs – meth and diazepam – inside Target in Blacktown’s Westpoint Shopping Centre.