A 10-YEAR-OLD boy was caught stealing a wallet from a Portsmouth store.
The youngster was with friends in Commercial Road, on Monday.
He stole a wallet from the TK Maxx store and was caught by the store’s security, just after 3.30pm.
When security could not contact his parents, the matter was handed over to the police.
PCSO Lee Wright said the boy was given a youth restorative disposal order (YRDO), issued to first-time low level offenders aged from 10 to 17.
It requires the youngster to face up to the seriousness of their offence and offer an apology. It does not give the young person a criminal record.
PCSO Wright said: ‘Because it was his first offence and because it was low level I thought a YRDO would be the best way to deal with it. They can only be issued after being supported by the parents. The boy was showing remorse and said he will write a letter to say how sorry he is and he will never do it again.
‘This is quicker and better than taking someone into custody and taking a police officer off the street. The wallet stolen cost £3.99.’
The youngster from Somers Town said he took the wallet after a friend told him he stole one.