Teen steals car from servo and goes on wild crime spree
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy had stolen a car from a Wilsonton service station then went on a crime spree across Toowoomba and Dalby.
The teen, who as a juvenile offender cannot be named, jumped into the 2002 Nissan Pulsar about 12.35pm on May 31 while the car's owner was inside paying for fuel and drove off, Toowoomba Children's Court heard.
After picking up some juvenile friends nearby, the lad drove to Dalby where he encouraged two juvenile girls to steal liquor from the town's BWS, Club Hotel and Bottle Mart while he waited in the stolen vehicle.
He had also driven off from a Dalby service station without paying for $30 worth of fuel.
He then drove the group to Toowoomba where the same theft procedure was carried out at three liquor outlets, police prosecutor Senior Constable Alister Windsor told the court.
The teen dumped the car in Shearer St, South Toowoomba, after doing burnouts on the street.
The police dog squad tracked him from the car to a house party in nearby Elizabeth St where he was found hiding under a bed, Snr Const Windsor said.
The youth appeared by video link to the Youth Detention Centre in Brisbane to plead guilty to all charges.
His solicitor Claire Graham told the court her client had started smoking marijuana at 13 and moved on to cocaine and ecstasy by age 15.
Substance abuse seemed to be behind his offending for which he was under counselling while in custody, she said.
Magistrate Damian Carroll said the boy was on probation for similar offending at the time and described as "disgraceful" how he procured young, impressionable girls to do his stealing.
Without recording convictions, Mr Carroll ordered the teen serve 50% of a six-month detention order and disqualified him from driving for nine months.