A 15-YEAR-OLD St Austell burglar was warned by a magistrate that he faced a "slippery slope" if he did not change his ways.
The boy appeared before Bodmin Youth Court on Monday (December 9) when he was handed a nine-month referral order after pleading guilty to one burglary and two thefts committed in St Austell.
His mother was ordered to pay a total of £690 in compensation for the damage caused and goods lost as a result of her son's behaviour.
Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said that the boy and others had gone repeatedly to premises belonging to Thackers Electrical Services in Alexandra Road and two garden sheds in Trevithick Road, St Austell, on dates in September. High-value tools and gardening equipment had been stolen and the boy had sold, or tried to sell, some of them on.
The boy told police he had "too much time on his hands". He accepted that he had a £30 to £40 a week cannabis habit but denied that he was stealing to fund that.
He told the court that it had been his friends' idea to steal and he needed some money.
Chairman of the bench Peter Hosegood told him: "You are on a slippery slope. You can carry on and lead a life of crime, going in and out of prison, or you can do something about changing your life."