No jail over gem heist: Magistrate warns teen, makes 18-month order

A MAGISTRATE has warned a teenager, who broke into Woodsies Gem Shop and stole more than $50,000 worth of jewellery, he would likely have been sent to jail if he was older.

Tyren Callum King, 18, was yesterday placed on an 18-month community corrections order after pleading guilty to the raid on the gem shop on December 7.

This week Mildura Magistrates’ Court heard King and a female ­accomplice smashed display cabinets and fled with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery during the heist at the Nichols Point shop.

The court heard the teenager then exchanged about $1000 worth of the goods for methamphetamine and cannabis in Merbein.

The burglary was reported to police the following morning and King was arrested on December 18.

During a police interview, the teenager said he was drug-affected on the night of the offending and could not remember a large portion of what had occurred.

King spent about two months at the Melbourne Remand Centre before being released on bail in February.

In sentencing yesterday, Magistrate Leonard Brear warned King to tread very carefully over the next year and a half, and said he hoped he had learned his lesson.

“You’ve already spent two months in jail, and being your 

first time in jail, if that hasn’t changed your attitude, I’d be very surprised,” he said. 

“But people can always lapse into old ways of thinking and associate with people who are living on the edge.”

Mr Brear placed King on a ­community corrections order to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, undergo treatment for drug abuse or dependency, and a program to reduce his risk of reoffending.

He was also ordered to undergo judicial monitoring.

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