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18-year-old stole from his aunt to pay off drug debts

NICHOLAS Rivett's aunt must have wondered where all the items around her Newtown house were disappearing to.

The answer, however, was right under her nose.

While he stayed with his aunt at her house, Rivett, an 18-year-old labourer, was secretly stealing her belongings so he could pay off a drug debt.

The list of stolen items included a Remington hair straightener, a Game Boy, an iPhone 4 and the sixth season of the Bones DVD box set.

Prosecutor Sergeant Tracey Laing told Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday the thefts took place between May 24 and June 7. Rivett pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing.

Defence lawyer Tim Clements said the teen was "extremely remorseful for stealing from his own family".

But magistrate Virginia Sturgess said just because Rivett stole from someone he knew did not affect the charge.

Rivett was ordered to pay $850 in restitution to compensate his aunt for the stolen goods.

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