Teen steals $13,200 with 68-year-old retiree's ATM card

A TEEN repeatedly took a 68-year-old Howard retiree's ATM card to steal $13,200 from his account to buy alcohol, a boat, a car and fishing rods.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Michael Quirk said Jaydenn Farrell Peterson, 18, removed the ATM card from the victim's wallet to withdraw cash and returned the ATM card each time.

"He withdrew varying amounts of cash each time . . . without permission," Sgt Quirk told the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

The theft was not apparent until the victim attended his bank to complain that his regular bank statements were missing from his mailbox.

Mr Peterson lost track of the amount of money he had withdrawn from various ATMs and was surprised by the value when it was shared in court.

Sgt Quirk said Mr Peterson knew the victim's PIN number from an earlier occasion when he was sent to withdraw cash to buy alcohol.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he took Mr Peterson's clean history and age into consideration for sentencing.

He convicted Mr Peterson of two counts of stealing and ordered he pay $13,200 in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service and spend 18 months on probation.