ARTFUL DODGER: A boy has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for robbing a family of 11.THE boy who robbed a family of 11 in March will have 100 hours of community service to think about what he has done.
The Sargent family, of north orange, was robbed of about $10,000 worth of electrical equipment after they left their home to go to a party on March 29.
The boys involved aged, 16, and, 15, knew each other from school but it was the 16-year-old who was described by police prosecutor Sergeant Andy Bobin as “the brains behind the operation”.
Police facts said the 16-year-old invited the 15-year-old to stay the night at his home, but the 16-year-old did not stay inside the whole night.
The 15-year-old “fully co-operated” with police and told officers his friend came back carrying shopping bags and a back pack full of items.
He was asked by the 16-year-old to take the items back to his home near Manildra because the 16-year-old had told him the police were coming to search his home.
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Police received information about the break-in and as a result, searched the 15-year-old’s parents’ home and found several of the items, stolen from the Sargent family.
The boy was going to speak as a witness at the hearing of the 16-year-old who had initially pleaded not guilty but Sergeant Bobin said the 15-year-old’s presence had “induced the plea” from the other boy.
The 15-year-old was fined $200 for receiving stolen goods.
He was already on a suspended juvenile detention sentence at the time of his sentencing hearing at Orange Local Court on Thursday and had a criminal history including shoplifting and possession of stolen goods.
His co-accused, the 16-year-old pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods on Tuesday and police withdrew the charge of break and enter.
He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and had a criminal history including trespassing, damaging property and having goods in custody suspected of being stolen.
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