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The teenager who stole billionaire mining magnate Nathan Tinkler’s $500,000 Ferrari California earlier this year has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month.
Broadmeadow Children’s Court magistrate Bruce Williams found the 17-year-old minor guilty of five offences after he stole a series of luxury cars including a Tinkler’s Ferrari, a BMW, and a SS Commodore ute.
According to The Newcastle Herald the boy told police he had considered stealing a Jaguar but decided on the Ferrari after comparing their speed limits.
“Looked at the Jaguar, the top speed I think was 290. I thought that goes all right, goes as fast as that BMW almost. BMW went 280,” he said.
“Then I looked at the Ferrari and the Ferrari went 390 and I thought, yeah I’m takin’ this for sure.”
Newcastle Herald reported the boy pocketed around $1000 from a bag in Tinkler’s Ocean Street home before noticing the keys to the Ferrari.
“When I seen the keys I just knew it was Ferrari keys cos I looked at it and the, like, keys were red and I’m just like, oh that’s a Ferrari, what, I have to take this, I’ve got to take this for a drive, are you serious,” he told police.
“But I thought it’d be like an old one or somethin’, like a Diablo or, you know, one of them old ones. No, jumped in the garage, holy shivers Christ.”
The offender told police he “full rallied it” through the streets in Tinkler’s Ferrari.
The car was found the following day torched in bushland near Raymond Terrace.
Image: The Newcastle Herald