A baby-faced burglar has admitted more than 100 burglaries – before reaching his 18th birthday.
Angelic Kieran Ward raided dozens of homes and stole bikes and mopeds from sheds and outbuildings.
He started his life of crime at 15 and is currently serving a two-year custodial sentence at a young offenders’ institution.
But he admitted 100 additional raids so he can ”wipe the slate clean”.
His solicitor, David Brown, told Stroud Magistrates Court in Gloucestershire: ”He has been on a crime spree.
”He admits he was in with the wrong crowd and did not act as he should. He accepts the error of his ways.”
Ward is currently being held at Ashfield Young Offenders Institution near Bristol after being sentenced for theft in August.
But he confessed to the additional crimes after police visited him and it ”refreshed his memory”.
Theresa Perry, prosecuting, said Ward had been ”in and out of custody over the last few years”.
She said: ”This has come to light because police visited him and his memory has been refreshed.
”He has admitted further offences. He said he wanted to make a clean slate of these matters.”
In one raid Ward, of Cheltenham, snatched bikes worth #720 from a shed in King’s Stanley, near Stonehouse.
Mr Brown asked the bench to resist imposing an additional custodial sentence because it could mean his client might be moved from Ashfield, where he was making progress.
He pointed out that Ward, who turned 18 on November 13, had owned up to offences that were otherwise unlikely to be resolved.
The bench agreed and he was given a 12-month conditional discharge.