A 14-YEAR-OLD Kyabram boy was forced to steal to feed himself and his two siblings after their mother left them “largely unsupervised”.
Police Sergeant Grant Jones said the boy and another 14-year-old from Bendigo were responsible for a spate of thefts from unlocked vehicles, taking cash and credit cards to purchase food from a supermarket.
The boys were arrested on January 30 after a resident saw them searching a vehicle and intervened, holding the Kyabram teen and calling the police.
Charges were laid against them for the thefts he committed with the Bendigo teen.
“The Kyabram youth was presented before a bail justice and bailed into his mother’s care to appear before Bendigo Magistrates’ Court the following day,” Sgt Jones said.
“The Bendigo lad had 10 other warrants outstanding, plus the new charges for the offences that occurred in Kyabram during the previous week.
“He was then remanded into custody at Bendigo Police Station.”
Human Services is working with the Kyabram family and declined to comment on the case.
Sgt Jones said the thefts served as a reminder to locals to lock their cars and leave valuables out of sight.
“We have seen a number of thefts of cash and property from unlocked vehicles in the area,” Sgt Jones said.
“There is a way to fix this: don’t leave your keys in your car and make sure your vehicle is locked.”
Police encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact the Kyabram police station on 5853 1777 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.