A TEENAGER who broke into units being renovated and stole tools has been placed on a community corrections order.
Jayden Day, 18, of Mildura, pleaded guilty to charges including burglary and theft when he faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The court was told on September 16, between 3.30pm and 6.15pm, Day went to a three-unit complex in Mildura, breaking into two of them through the windows and into a third by forcing open the front door.
He stole a number of tools including a drill, angle grinder and circular saw, the court heard.
Police later attended and lifted his fingerprints from the scene.
On September 21, a search warrant was executed on his home where police located many of the items stolen from the property.
In an interview with police, Day denied the burglary telling them he found the tools in a shopping trolley near Centro.
Defence counsel Bert Hilton-Wood said it was an opportunistic burglary that lacked sophistication and was made out of “curiosity”.
He said once Day got the stolen tools home he wasn’t sure what to do with them.
The court heard Day had been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD and had a learning disability and had had issues with drugs.
Mr Hilton-Wood asked Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge to consider a bond or community corrections order.
Mr Lethbridge told Day crimes like his had a significant ripple effect on the community.
“How do you think these tradies are going to be able to make a living when you go and steal their tools?” he said.
“If you do this again you’re a serious risk of going to jail.
“The community and the courts just won’t tolerate burglaries ... vulnerable people having their tools of trade stolen.”
He placed him on a 15-month community corrections order to complete 90 hours of community work.
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