Teen house-raider walks free from court

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A HOGSTHORPE teenager who raided a string of homes in East Lincolnshire has walked free from court with a suspended jail sentence.

Timothy Wood was involved in a day time burglary at a house in The Green, Strubby, which left the occupiers ‘devastated’.

Green and an accomplice made off with two children’s money boxes as well as a jar of coins.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that just four weeks later Wood and another young lad carried out a second day-time raid when they broke into a house in Halfpenny Lane, Hallington.

The pair took jewellery, cigarettes and tobacco while the occupiers were out shopping in Louth.

A third raid was carried out at South Field Houses, Kenwick, when a lap top was taken.

The raiders left a scene of devastation throwing items around the house.

Mr Scott said “Plants had been thrown across the main room.

“Shards of glass were all over the floor. There was mud and glass everywhere. The family were left devastated.”

Wood, 19, of Mill Lane, Hogsthorpe, admitted three charges of burglary committed on June 22, July 18 and July 22.

He was given a 12-month custodial sentence suspended for 18 months, with supervision and a six-month night-time curfew.

David Eager, defending, said Wood had recently started work and had hopes of joining the Army.

“At the time he committed these offences he had nothing else to do.

“He was wandering aimlessly around the countryside with his friends.”