Teen bailed on nine charges

A TEENAGER who allegedly broke into several cars, and stole jewellery and credit cards while on bail has again been released as she waits to answer a raft of charges.

The 17-year-old was granted bail after facing children’s court on nine charges including theft and obtaining property by deception.

A police prosecutor said the teenager had tried to break into a vehicle on Barraclough Avenue, Mildura, in the middle of the night and was then seen, on CCTV, with a co-accused riding bikes stolen from the same address.

The court heard the pair returned the bikes to the property and stole a scooter, dumping it nearby.

About 30 minutes later, the accused was seen in Bene Vista Boulevard, smashing the window of a ute before rummaging through it and stealing cash. 

The court was told less than two weeks later the teenager had broken into another car and made off with a sapphire ring, credit cards and loose change.

One of the cards was then allegedly used in various shops across Mildura to obtain goods.

The accused is alleged to have been involved in the theft of a car from Red Rooster, with the victim telling police he had left his keys in the ignition.

The court heard before that the teen’s arrest, she ran from police and in a later interview admitted to all offences, except the car theft, saying she often stole items to swap for drugs.

Her counsel told the court the teenager had indicated she was willing to attend residential rehab. 

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said the offences were not of the most serious nature and would not necessarily be dealt with by way of a jail term.

She was bailed with conditions she attend medical and treatment appointments, abide by a curfew and be subject to judicial monitoring.

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