Teen's theft ends in probation

A 17-YEAR-OLD high school student appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday on 17 charges of stealing, possessing tainted property and unlawful entry of vehicles.

Michael James Ritchie pleaded guilty to eight counts of stealing, eight counts of unlawful entry of a vehicle and one charge of possessing tainted property.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police received information on May 29 that cars had been broken into in Brin Street, Boyne Island.

Police attended Ritchie's address and searched his bedroom, finding stolen items in there.

Some of the items stolen from the cars included iPods, GPS systems, money, sunglasses, earphones and CDs.

Duty Lawyer Brad Krebs said his client was a 17-year-old with no criminal history who was roaming streets with friends. He stole the items in a spur of the moment opportunity.

Magistrate Damian Carroll placed Ritchie on 12 months probation and ordered him to do 90 hours community service within 12 months.

He was ordered to repay $150 restitution within six months or two days in jail.

Also in court was a woman who assumed she automatically got her licence back after a suspension. Trudi Lee Lowe pleaded guilty to driving without a licence and contravening a direction.

Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police pulled Lowe over at 1.30am on May 7 in Curtis Street.

Lowe's licence had been SPER suspended and she had failed to renew it. The defendant had also failed to attend the police station within seven days to provide identification.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Lowe $450 or six days in jail.



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