A 17-year-old Geraldton boy has been warned he will be facing harsher punishments if he continues to offend, after he accepted responsibility for three break-ins, each time entering through the roof, in which more than $750 worth of goods were stolen. In the early morning of April 22, the teenager and allegedly other accomplices, climbed on to the roof of the Seacrest Shopping Centre in Wandina, gaining access inside and then entering the Woolworths shop where they stole cash registers with cash totalling $500. On the night of April 23, the boy and an alleged accomplice broke into HD’s Takeaway in Rangeway, again through the roof of the building, and then allowing other alleged accomplices to enter the building, where they then stole $150 worth of food and drinks. On April 25 the boy once again broke into Seacrest Shopping Centre through the roof and made his way to Woolworths, where he and alleged accomplices stole a cash register containing $171 worth of cash. The boy appeared in Geraldton Children’s Court on April 26 from custody, where police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Burkinshaw told the court the 17-year old was on bail at the time of the offences. Noting his age, Sgt Burkinshaw said he was concerned to see an alleged pattern of offending that could lead to more serious punishments when he turns 18. ‘It is concerning, the manner of offending,” he said. Magistrate Elaine Campione said the community was notably frustrated with crimes, such as this, in the city. “You are wreaking havoc on shop owners,” Ms Campione said. The magistrate decided to refer the boy to a juvenile justice team, and told the boy he needed to act his age. “You are 17, so you’re not a baby . . . you should have been the one saying no,” she said. An alleged accomplice of the two Woolworths burglaries, aged 13, also appeared in court, where his four charges were added to the 26 other charges he is facing.