A drunk and bored teen who stole from parked cars has been sentenced to probation for that and other crimes.
When caught with the goods, the 17-year-old gave the following explanation to police.
“He stated that he was pretty drunk, partying, and was walking home and committed the offences to pass the time during his walk,” Crown counsel Kaley Tschetter told court during the teen’s sentencing on Tuesday.
Tschetter said that on June 20, an employee at the Youth for Christ U-Turn home on Rosser Avenue called police to report that stolen goods had been found in the offender’s room.
Police searched the room and found items that included a tablet and keyboard, a digital camera and a stereo receiver.
They arrested the youth who then told police that he’d taken the items from cars. He’d been drinking and partying and, while walking home, took the goods to pass the time.
That wasn’t the only time the boy was caught causing trouble in a vehicle.
On July 18, a man called police to report that he’d seen a pair of youths inside a parked van.
The caller had told the intruders to leave, then called police and followed the youths until officers stopped them.
One of the suspects was the above teen who was found with a number of markers.
That’s significant because the inside of the van had been vandalized with graffiti scrawled in marker, including one message that insulted police.
The boy said he didn’t draw the graffiti but he did give the markers to his accomplice who was the one who defaced the van.
The same boy got in trouble again on Aug. 31 when U-Turn staff saw him leave his home shortly after midnight and return around 4:40 a.m. At the time, the boy was on court orders that placed him a 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.
For possession of stolen property, breach of bail and mischief, Judge John Combs sentenced the boy to 15 months probation with 50 hours of community service work.