A teenager who was arrested after 'serious' alleged offending around Ballarat in early February has been released on bail.
Fletcher Mcguire, 18, appeared via video link from custody at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Repac said Mcguire must meet the exceptional circumstances test as he was charged with aggravated burglary while on bail.
Mcguire was remanded into custody on February 15 after allegedly trespassing into people's homes and stealing cars.
You have been on a pretty significant downward course since last year.Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt
He is facing nine charges for the alleged offences committed over two days including robbing another man of his shoes in Wendouree and aggravated burglary of a Ballarat East home.
Mcguire allegedly stole a Peugot sedan at Ballarat East and trespassed into a Lake Wendouree house with intent to steal while the resident was home.
He is charged with stealing a $60,000 Mercedes Benz and speeding through red lights, on the wrong side of the road and without a licence, placing others in danger of death.
The alleged driving offences include on Sturt Street.
The charges followed a major police operation involving the air wing following an allegedly stolen vehicle driven throughout Ballarat on February 12 in which two people were arrested.
The court heard Mcguire turned 18 in January and has no prior convictions. The two weeks he spent in custody was his first time in an adult prison.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said exceptional circumstances could be demonstrated in this case because of Mcguire's young age and lack of prior criminal history.
Defence lawyer David Tamanika said Mcguire would live with his parents at their house while on bail.
Mcguire was bailed with conditions to abide by a curfew, not to contact the co-accused or any witnesses, not to use drugs, not to drive a motor vehicle and to comply with youth justice.
"You have been on a pretty significant downward course since last year that has led you to spend time in custody," Mr Klestadt said.
"If that isn't a wake up call to you about the need to change your behaviour, you will spend a lot more time on remand or as a sentenced prisoner."
Mcguire will return to court for sentencing in July.
"If your behaviour is good, a much less serious sentence may be imposed on you than if you continue to muck around," Mr Klestadt said.
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