Man stole dog from neighbour and ‘gave it away’

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A man who stole a ten week old puppy from one of his neighbours was given a suspended jail sentence on Friday.

Marky Greaves, 28, admitted taking the dog from a property in St Andrews Drive, Skegness.

Lincoln Crown Court was told Greaves thought the animal was not being cared for properly.

But the court was told after stealing the puppy Greaves tried to sell it for £50.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: “To be fair to the defendant when he was arrested he admitted taking the dog.

“He tried to sell it for £50 but then gave it away.

“He told police officers he had taken it but it wasn’t being cared for.”

Mr Howes told the court Greaves did not force entry to the property to take the dog as it was insecure.

In a victim impact statement the dogs owner said the crime was ten times worse because she knew the person who had taken her dog.

Greaves admitted a second burglary in which he rang the bell of the Lakeside Hotel in South Parade, Skegness, while an accomplice stole a tv from the lounge.

The court was told Greaves, now of no fixed address, had no previous convictions for house burglary.

He pleaded guilty to two burglary charges in October last year and was given a three month prison sentence suspended for two years. He was also placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 18 months.

Passing sentence Recorder Gareth Evans QC told him: “This was a dwelling burglary only in name.

“You went in to take the dog, you thought it wasn’t being cared for. You tried to sell it, that caused problems for the owner.”