Our expert says:
Congratulations on your good intentions.
But the question is too vague and general to answer in short form --- it depends on so many things, like the boy's personality, experiences, why he steals, what he steals, etc. He'd need to be properly assessed by a competent child shrink, to see what the basis is for this bad behaviour ( and whether there are any other forms of bad behaviour ), and then to consider what might be doable to change this.
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