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Teen sentenced over ute theft and joy ride to Brisbane

A 17-YEAR-OLD Rockhampton girl's stealing spree started with a car and ended with a taxi fare.

Mullacoo Geraldine Josephine Lottie Ross-Freeman and two friends took a Hilux from an open garage at a Park Ave home about 11pm on June 27.

The trio made it all the way to Brisbane, but not without making an appearance on a Bundaberg service station's security footage.

The video captured the girls driving off without paying for their fuel.

The car was found undamaged and abandoned in Brisbane on June 29.

Fingerprints on the vehicle led police to the offenders.

Ross-Freeman pleaded guilty to four charges in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court last week.

Police prosecutor Constable Manon Barwick said the defendant also stole a man's wallet at the Rockhampton train station on July 16.

She said they were both travelling back from Brisbane on the same tilt train.

When the train stopped, then man got off for a smoke and dropped his wallet.

Ross-Freeman saw this and picked it up.

The court heard she took $400.

The defendant also did a runner on a Rockhampton taxi on April 8 and she was found in possession of a bong on April 1.

Const Barwick said Ross-Freeman had a criminal history, but the majority of entries were from children's court.

Magistrate Mark Morrow ordered Ross-Freeman to complete 125 hours community service and 12 months probation.

She was fined $250 and must pay $40.02 restitution.

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