Lee Peter Kite, 17, was convicted and discharged by Judge Thomas in the Blenheim District Court, provided he completed 40 hours of voluntary community work, on a charge of dishonestly taking a bicycle on December 28 last year.
Prosecutor Graham Single said he wanted to see Kite convicted, because while he had no previous convictions, he had an extensive history with both police and youth aid.
"A lot of his offending has been taking bikes, burglary and interfering with vehicles, that sort of thing.
"I still think a conviction is needed because he is not going to learn," he said. "We have tried with this young man and he has ignored that."
Defence lawyer Rennie Gould said Kite had not committed any offences this year, which showed he was learning from his past actions.
"I ask your honour to accept this was a one-off offence," she said. "He knows it was dishonest and he shouldn't have done it."
The bike had been chained to a bike stand in Market St with a sign saying it was for sale for $30.
Kite and an associate broke the bike away from the chain and took it because he was "tired of walking", Judge Thomas said.
She remanded Kite at large to reappear on September 16, when he would be discharged provided he had completed 40 hours of voluntary community work and had committed no other offences.
- The Marlborough Express