A 16-year-old boy who is accused of causing destruction to more than 10 cars during a 'rampage' through Lake Gardens at the weekend has been granted bail.
The boy, who cannot be named, appeared in the dock at a Children's Court on Monday for a bail application.
The court heard the boy allegedly broke into a car parked in front of a Wendouree unit and stole a garage door remote on November 29.
It is alleged he used the remote to gain entry into the house where he stole a Playstation, Xbox, a wallet and keys.
The police informant told the court the boy used the car keys to steal a second car parked outside the home.
Police were called to a property in Lake Gardens where a man heard a large bang outside his house and a vehicle speeding away.
It is alleged the boy smashed the driver's side window of the man's car.
Police saw the stolen vehicle driving in Lake Gardens and it failed to stop when police were pursued with lights and sirens.
Police are investigating if there were other people involved in the alleged crimes.
His associates are of poor character and seem to think the whole court system and police are a big joke... little do they know the impact their offending is having on the community.Police informant
Police then received reports the vehicle had crashed into a garage wall at a Lake Gardens property and they found the boy hiding between houses when they searched the backyard.
Even after he was arrested more incidents of damage continued to be reported on the same day, the police informant told the court
It is alleged the boy smashed the windows with bricks, pot plants and stones of a total of 10 cars in Lake Gardens.
The police informant opposed bail because the boy was an unacceptable risk of further offending and the amount of destruction.
"His associates are of poor character and seem to think the whole court system and police are a big joke... little do they know the impact their offending is having on the community," the informant said.
The boy's defence lawyer referred to a youth justice case manager and the boy's carer as witnesses who supported his application and conditions for bail.
The boy's carer said he had worked hard to keep him 'out of trouble' but the offending occurred when he was living with a different family member who let him 'run amok'.
The carer also said the boy had not been on his medication for ADHD at the time of the offending.
The boy's defence lawyer said the boy was a young offender who was of limited intellectual capacity and needed supervision.
The magistrate granted the boy bail on the conditions he live with the carer, comply with a curfew, does not contact witnesses, does not associate with the co-accused and does not use a drug of dependence.
"I have given you a chance only because of your (carer). It is up to you whether you take that chance," the magistrate said.
"I would not have granted you bail if not for your (carer) here today."
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