Boy thief appears in court

AS a South Grafton woman was putting away her groceries, thieves allegedly found her purse and helped themselves to two $20 notes, the Grafton Local Court was told yesterday.

It was one of a number of offences alleged to have been committed by a South Grafton 15-year-old and his alleged accomplices.

In a police statement tendered to the court, it was alleged the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into two properties in Through Street South Grafton on Sunday and a further property in Riverside Drive on Monday.

It was alleged that an accomplice sat across the road to watch for movement at the residence and notify the alleged offenders if someone was approaching.

The court was told that in the second alleged offence, the juvenile and others entered the back door of a second Through Street property and, when the owner returned, was distracted by the observer while they made their escape.

At Riverside Drive, it was alleged one person distracted the property owner by talking about their dogs while others entered a bedroom and stole jewellery and $200 in cash.

The court was told the alleged offender was picked up by police near the intersection of Fitzroy and Villiers streets, Grafton, about 2.30pm Monday for outstanding warrants.

He was allegedly found with $180 in cash, jewellery, car keys, a small torch and a CD player.

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