A teenager who attempted to sell a stolen caravan to its rightful owner on an online marketplace and was frequently found with weapons ended his spate of crime by stealing from a shop, a court heard.
The boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was convicted of theft, weapons and driving charges at a Childrens' Court hearing.
The court was told the boy stole a caravan worth an estimated $6000 from a caravan park and later listed it for sale on an online marketplace.
The victim saw the caravan advertised and submitted a successful bid.
At an arranged meeting, the victim gave the boy around $2000 for the caravan.
The victim later checked the new compliance note on the caravan and found it to be stolen, prompting them to alert police.
The boy was arrested and later released.
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Some months later, police observed the boy and another occupant in a car on a street.
Police spoke to both occupants, where it was revealed the boy's licence was disqualified at the time.
During a search of the vehicle, they found a knife on the front seat and a safe in the back that housed firearm cartridges. The boy did not have a firearm licence.
Months later, the boy entered a shop late at night. He filled a cardboard box with electronic equipment, before rummaging around and collecting various items.
The boy was caught on security camera footage before he ran away from the scene.
Police matched fingerprints at the shop to the boy, and later interviewed him where he admitted to "stealing a few boxes of shit."
The court heard that during this period, police executed a search warrant at a property where the boy resided.
During the search, they found knuckle dusters in the boy's possession. He did not offer a reason why he had them.
The boy's defence lawyer said his client was remorseful and had "improved his engagement".
"He is always polite and respectful; I'll give him that. I can't give him much more, but I'll give him that," they said.
The magistrate warned the boy he faced tougher consequences if he didn't address his behaviour.
"You've got a conviction now. It only gets worse from here if you don't orchestrate your life from now on. It just goes up and up," they said.
"Good on you for the positive things you've done. It shows your head is in the right place."
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