Judge in burglar prison warning

Court News.
Court News.

A Skegness man has been warned he faces prison if he continues breaking into people’s houses.

Joshua Peter Gray, 21, of St Andrew’s Drive and a 16 year old youth from Louth who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the burglary of a house in Lacey Gardens, Louth on December 20 and the theft of paint brushes, hair straightener, a dvd player, a Sky box and a Freeview box.

District Judge John Stobart, sitting at Skegness Magistrates Court, heard that a member of the public brought the two into Louth police station and told officers that they had burgled the house.

Judge Stobart asked that the man concerned be thanked by the court for his public spiritedness.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said the house had been rented from Lincs Homes and the occupant had moved out but left some of the bulkier items behind to be picked up later.

He said it was a case of the offenders descending on a property after the occupants had moved out.

He said Gray also admitted two offences with which he was not charged, of damage in 2010 and a theft from the Co-op in 2013.

The Judge imposed a Referral Order on the juvenile and, after standing the case down to hear from a probation officer, imposed a 12 month community sentence on Gray, with a requirement to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He warned Gray that if he did not carry out the work he would be brought back to court and ‘something worse will happen’.

“Stop breaking into people’s houses or you will be going to prison,” he warned him.