Thief let off any victim restitution
A Wellington charity is among those left out of pocket by a Titahi Bay teenager who stole thousands of dollars worth of items and does not have to repay a cent.
Allies Mulligan, 17, pleaded guilty in Porirua District Court on Tuesday to 10 charges of theft.
His thieving spree lasted from August 28 till January 13 and included The Warehouse, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, North City Shopping Centre, Noel Leeming and Briscoes.
On October 26, Mulligan stole a Wellington Free ambulance charity box, after he entered the Mad Butcher store in Porirua and walked around without buying anything.
As he left, he grabbed the charity box, which was believed to contain about $200 in donations.
Among the other items he stole during the period were a pair of Nike shorts, two cellphones worth about $400 each, cash, a power cord, a grooming kit and a Honda moped scooter worth $1300.
An iPhone and a severely damaged scooter were returned.
Judge Jan Kelly said she would not order reparation to be paid, because Mulligan did not have a job and could not go on the benefit until he was 18.
‘‘I am satisfied that there is no prospect of reparation being paid,’’ she said. He was expelled from school in 2012. The judge convicted Mulligan and sentenced him to six months’ supervision on all charges, 80 hours’ community work on the theft of a motorcycle and 40 hours’ community work, to be served concurrently, for each of the other charges.