Skegness man breaks into pal’s house

A SKEGNESS man who broke into a friend’s house while she was away later admitted to her what he had done.

David John Cross, 29, of Rutland Road, admitted burglary of the house at Mawson Gardens, Wainfleet between February 5 and 6 this year.

Skegness Magistrates’ Court heard that the householder went away with her children on February 5, having told a number of her friends that she was going.

The following day she was contacted and told that her house had been broken into and when she went home she found a kitchen window had been broken and more than £1,800 worth of items had been stolen – including a 42” television, a digital camera, a gold chain, four games consoles and games, a child’s bicycle and step ladders.

Three months later, Cross, who was one of her friends, admitted to her that he had been involved and she called the police.

He was arrested and told police he had carried out the burglary with another man, that he had broken in through the kitchen window and then let the other man in through another window and then stayed outside while the man passed stolen items to him.

He said he was paid £20 for this.

Cross was bailed to appear in court on May 8 but failed to do so and was arrested again and appeared before the magistrates in custody via video link from prison.

Mr Paul Wood, prosecuting, said the offence was serious enough for Cross, who had previous convictions for dishonesty, to be sent to the Crown Court for sentence.

However, Mr Saleem Khan, for Cross, said Cross now accepted full responsibility for the burglary, which he said he had carried out on his own.

He said Cross had no idea the house was unoccupied at the time and there had been no planning.

He said there was not a significant degree of loss and he asked the magistrates to deal with the case themselves.

However, the magistrates said they were of the opinion their sentencing powers were not sufficient and that Cross should be sent to the Crown Court for sentence. He was refused bail.