A teenager has been found guilty of stealing a bicycle and bag at Hankley Common, committing fraud and possessing a knife during the first Covid lockdown.
On May 14, 2020, the teen from Bramley – who cannot be named because he was aged just 16-years-old at the time of the offence – stole a Carrera bicycle and a bag, worth £250.
He was also found guilty of committing fraud by dishonestly making a false representation, claiming to be the authorised user of a Go Henry debit card in Elstead, with the intention of making a gain of £8.03 for himself.
In addition, he was found guilty of carrying an offensive weapon, a flick knife, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse in a public place.
The teen thief pleaded not guilty to all charges on March 23, 2022, but was found guilty at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on November 4, 2022.
He has been remanded on unconditional bail until January 25, when he is scheduled to appear at the same court for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
The defendant has been ordered to attend.
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