Youth in detention for stealing
A JUVENILE who stole thousands of dollars worth of property in Hervey Bay has finally been placed in detention.
The boy had two-and-a-half pages of criminal history by age 16, including eight break-and-enter offences, two assault police and three stealing charges.
Magistrate Graham Tatnell ran out of patience on Friday, sentencing the young delinquent to four months in detention, despite the pleas of the boy's mother and his solicitor John Milburn.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tanya Griffiths said the boy's offending behaviour was "constant and persistent" as she read the facts of his most recent offences.
Snr Const Griffiths said he broke into Kawungan State School on August 18 and stole three Hewlett Packard computer network switches, which police later found in his home.
The total value of the computer equipment was $9000.
Snr Const Griffiths then said the youth committed another offence while on bail for the Kawungan crime.
On September 2, he smashed his way into an Eli Waters bottle shop and stole a number of bottles of alcohol.
Mr Tatnell said detention was the only option, pointing out the Chronicle's coverage on Friday of the cost of youth crime showed the community was sick of juveniles "preying on honest people who are making a living".