Teen tracked via forensic evidence left in stolen backpack

MAGISTRATE Jeff Clark had a stern warning for a young offender who sat in the dock of Rockhampton's Magistrates Court yesterday.

"It's very sad to see a person your age in custody," Magistrate Clark said to the boy who could barely be seen behind the thick glass.

"I hope you've realised there's nothing cool or glamorous about being in the watch house and you might want to take a look at where your life is going."

The teenager, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to eight charges yesterday including one count of enter a premise and commit offence, one count of enter premise with intent, three counts of trespassing, one count of possession of stolen property and two counts of breaking bail conditions.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Manon Barwick told the court the teen entered a vehicle and stole cash between September 15 and 22 last year.

"The victim left the vehicle in the driveway of a Frenchville residence and the offender has opened the doors of the vehicle and removed a backpack containing $230 in cash," Snr Const Barwick said.

"The backpack was later located and handed into police. A forensic examination was conducted and the offender was identified."

Snr Const Barwick told the court the teen, who had 25 previous entries on his criminal history, also attempted to steal a charity donation box from McDonald's Stockland on May 19. "He approached the front counter of the business and attempted to remove the charity donation box with a multi tool but was disturbed by a worker," Snr Const Barwick said.

"He left the multi tool on the bench and was spotted on CCTV footage."

The court also heard the teen was found in possession of a blue and black mountain bike on April 15 after a number of items, including the bike, had been reported stolen from an address in Kawana between April 10 and 11.

Magistrate Clark sentenced him to a good behaviour bond for nine months for breaking into the vehicle and stealing the backpack. He was also ordered to pay $230 restitution.

For all other offences he was sentenced to two years' probation and 120 hours community service.

No convictions were recorded.


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