Just like you, but different
This I imagne would be all too common a communication from the Police;
I’m contacting you in regards to the burgalry (sic) that occurred at your house approximately 3 weeks ago.
The Police have caught an offender, who has admitted his involvement. He is 16 years old, and the file has been forwarded to the Manurewa Police Youth Aid section for action.
The youth aid team will have a meeting with the offender and his parents and decide the appropirate (sic) way to proceed. It is possible that the offender will be charged and have to appear in the Manukau Youth Court, however there are several meetings between the offender, Police and youth advocates before this decision will be made.
The Youth Aid team will call and advise you of updates as the case proceeds.
Realistically the case will take several months until its completion. Unfortunately the Police have not recovered any property at this stage.
So, of legal age do do many things (although of age does not equate to of competence), and has confessed or admitted guilt. Couple of questions;
Likely then that the advocates, an overworked police force, and the parents will agree some sort of dubious reparation and wrist slapping punishment that means the “youth” might learn a short term lesson, but when a new shiny thing becomes his desire then he’ll be in the back window quicker than you can blink.
Or I’m being cynical and this is a half for the good guys, it might have been a one but there is no sign of the missing items, yet,