Botched motel car theft leaves thief stalled
A TEENAGER who stole a car from a Wharf St motel has been sentenced to 9 months probation.
In the Tweed Heads Children's Court yesterday, the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to stealing the car from the hotel in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Tweed-Byron Crime Manager Brendon Cullen said the owner was sleeping but was awoken by the sound of the Mazda 2 engine revving.
She then saw the car being reversed out onto Wharf St.
Insp Cullen said a witness chased the car along Wharf St "as the driver was having difficulty with the manual gearbox".
The thief stopped the car and ran away.
He was located in Bay St by police where he was arrested and refused bail.
The teen pleaded guilty to a charge of take and drive conveyance with out consent of the owner and one charge of posses implements capable of entering a motor vehicle.
He will remain in the community.