A 17-year-old girl who broke into a Parmelia home and stole $200 told her lawyer she “thought the person living there had moved out”. The teen, who cannot be named because she is underage, appeared before Rockingham Children’s Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated armed robbery, one count of gains benefit by fraud, one count of breach of a bail undertaking and four counts of stealing. Police prosecutor Sgt Brian Sutherland that on December 12, 2022, between 6.30pm and 4.30am, the teenager and co-accused attended the victim’s address in Parmelia. The teen and co-accused forced entry into an enclosed trailer parked at the front of the house and retrieved a spanner ratchet. She then forced entry via the main door of the home. While inside she came across two stubby holders containing $200 in coins, which were later stolen. Forensic investigation found DNA on the spanner ratchet and the teen was brought in for questioning but declined to participate in an interview. Between December 31, 2022 to February 15, 2023 the teenager and co-accused were in possession of various stolen credit cards which were used to make alcohol purchases at a BWS in Spearwood and Dan Murphy’s stores in Fremantle and Como. Duty counsel Kim Farmer said the teen couldn’t explain what led to the offending other than that she “went along with it”. Ms Farmer said the teen’s explanation for the home burglary was that she “thought the person living there had moved out”. The court was told the teen had previously spent one day and one night at Banksia Hill and admitted “she doesn’t want to go there” and that an order would help her in making a positive change. Magistrate Catherine Crawford warned the teen that she was about to turn 18 and harsher penalties would be imposed if she committed any similar offences in the future. Ms Crawford also said the teen’s history of offending started around the time her mother passed away. “Five years ago you lost your mum and I think maybe you didn’t have the help and support that you needed to deal with that sadness,” she said. “This is a time to think about what sort of life you want for yourself.” The magistrate also warned the teen about the risks of repeat offending. “If someone wants you to break in, you need to walk away,” she said. She was handed a six-month intensive supervision order with supervision and attendance requirements.