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Probation is no deterrent

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May 20, 2017

AN ECHUCA teenager went on a stealing spree just three days after being placed on probation.

AN ECHUCA teenager went on a stealing spree just three days after being placed on probation.

The 16-year-old faced a children’s court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Martin Friend said the boy and a co-accused stole a mobile phone from Switched On Electronics at 12.30pm on April 6.

The phone, valued at $1200, belonged to a customer and was sitting in a store room after being repaired when it was stolen.

The store discovered the phone was missing hours later when the customer came in to collect it, and CCTV footage showed the pair of offenders committing the act.

Snr Const. Friend said the phone has not been recovered.

Less than one hour later, the boy entered Big W and stole an Apple iPod valued at $279, which had been on display.

The boy took ‘selfies’ with the device at a friend’s house and later returned to Big W when security settings on the iPod prevented it from operating.

CCTV footage showed the boy stealing the device and he later made full admissions to police.

The offences came three days after a court placed the boy on probation, a supervisory order for minors.

Magistrate Patrick Southey said it was ‘‘very disappointing’’ the crimes came soon after the order was placed.

He placed the boy on a bond for six months without conviction.

‘‘Hopefully you’re going a bit better now (with probation),’’ Mr Southey said.

‘‘We’ll give you the chance to prove that.’’

Mr Southey rejected an application for the boy to re-pay the costs of the stolen items given his young age and limited income.

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