Teen stole from mum, sick mate, strangers
HE ROBBED from strangers, friends, family and even his own mother.
Oh yes, breaking into his own mother's Gracemere home was just the tip of the iceberg for 18-year-old Michael Alexander Fulton, who had been on a month-long crime spree fuelled by alcohol.
Fulton yesterday pleaded guilty to a string of charges in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court.
He admitted to breaking into his mother's home, using her credit card to top up his mobile phone credit and also stealing cash from his sister.
The court heard Fulton had stolen from a friend who was in hospital.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Darrell Dalton said Fulton had been staying on his mate's boat in Yeppoon when the friend spent the night in hospital and Fulton took advantage of the situation.
He stole a portable DVD player, cash and a knife. The court heard Fulton also robbed another friend's home at Gracemere.
Senior Constable Darrell Dalton said Fulton had been seen trying to enter the house by a neighbour and when questioned had pretended he had simply lost his keys to the place.
He said Fulton had no criminal history until he arrived at Gracemere on December 13, after travelling up from New South Wales, in a stolen car.
While Fulton was not driving and claimed not to know the car was stolen, he still ran from police, later handing himself in.
Senior Constable Dalton said during Fulton's spree, the teen also stole goods from a donga at Emerald, which he later pawned.
He said Fulton had broken into the Gracemere pool, causing over $1000 in damage to a roller door and stealing food.
Overall, Fulton was charged with obstructing police, breaching bail, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, enter dwelling, fraud, stealing and wilful damage.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy gave Fulton 18 months probation. Fulton was bailed on the conditions he not consume any alcohol and must reside with his mother at Gracemere.