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Tauranga, Jan 19 NZPA - A 17-year-old new father beamed and clapped his hands when a judge granted him bail today.

Traan (crct) Hunter Kino, unemployed, had pleaded guilty in Tauranga District Court to two charges of burglary, one of attempted burglary, and theft.

Among the items he stole was a child's money box.

Judge Peter Rollo remanded him until February 27 for a pre-sentence report, including a home detention appendix.

Because of Kino's age and circumstances the judge relented over keeping him in custody.

The baby -- born a few days ago -- was "a significant responsibility you will have for the rest of your life," Judge Rollo warned the teenager.

"If you mess up on your bail conditions you can kiss goodbye to home detention and you will do a lengthy lag in prison."

A delighted Kino said: "Thankyou very much, your honour" and bounded from the dock clapping his hands and yelling gleefully.

According to the police summary of facts, he was riding a BMX bicycle in the Tauranga south suburb of Greerton when the offences were committed last Thursday morning.

Kino went into a house where a beauty therapist ran a business from home. She was in another room when he came in the open front door and walked through to the office area.

After hunting around he took two cellphones and a pair of sunglasses, before walking down the hallway to a rear bedroom.

Kino opened and looked in all the cupboards and drawers before finding a child's money box under the bed, the court heard.

He took the box containing about $140 in various cash denominations and left.

Riding to Cameron Road he walked up to another house but was disturbed by the owner, made an excuse and fled on his bike.

The defendant approached a second beauty therapy business where he walked inside and asked for a glass of water.

When the owner's back was turned to him, he reached across and took a money tin containing about $50.

Kino ran outside, jumped on his bike and took off again.

Police were called and he evaded them by dropping his BMX and running into properties, eventually hiding up a tree.

But when he thought it safe to come down, he was spotted.

Again on the run, Kino went into another house, which belonged to an 85-year-old woman who was home at the time.

He rifled through drawers and made off with jewellery and a camera, continuing to hide from police by crouching in residents' gardens around the area.

After a chase, officers eventually caught him.

Kino could face up to 10 years jail time for burglary.

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