A 19-year-old Melbourne man who stole a car from Bendigo train station in a spontaneous decision to drive to Queensland has escaped with a $210 fine.
Daniel Robertson, 19, avoided conviction in the Bendigo Magistrates Court over the botched theft, which ended with Robertson abandoning the car near Coles supermarket in Bendigo.
The court heard Robertson had travelled via train to Melbourne but didn’t have enough money to get a train home.
Robertson and a co-accused decided to steal a car and try to make their way to Queensland.
After leaving the stolen vehicle, both men went to Coles supermarket where they were identified by police and arrested.
The court heard Robertson and his accomplice were both under care of the Department of Human Services and had not met before that day.
Magistrate Jennifer Tregent said the theft was out of character for Robertson.
He escaped without conviction and was ordered not to committ any further offences and to comply with restrictions of the DHS.