Teen admits burglary spree

PUBLISHED: 16:41 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

A 17-YEAR-OLD youth who went on a burglary spree in Hatfield has been given an eight-month detection and training order. The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was 16 when in the early hours of February 2 he, together with an older man,

A 17-YEAR-OLD youth who went on a burglary spree in Hatfield has been given an eight-month detection and training order.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was 16 when in the early hours of February 2 he, together with an older man, tried to get into a house in Waight Close.

The occupant was woken by the sound of his dog barking and looked out to see one of the culprits trying to get out of the back garden by a gate.

St Albans Crown Court heard today (Tuesday) how the pair then moved onto an address in Walker Grove.

There they took a laptop computer from a bedroom and the occupant was struck in the chest.

The court was told that the pair went to Errington Close where, after getting into a house, they were chased out by a screaming mother-of-two.

In that burglary the pair managed to take the woman's car keys and house keys.

The teenager was then involved in another break-in in the same street when he and his 20-year-old accomplice stole a laptop computer, a mobile phone and a PlayStation games console.

The defendant was arrested in the same street at around 7am that morning.

Judge Michael Baker QC was told the youth,who lives in Hatfield, had already chalked up a bad record which included offences of theft, assault, battery, shoplifting and a public order offence.

He appeared in court to admit three offences of burglary and one attempted break-in.

In addition he asked for nine offences - seven of which were burglaries - to be taken into consideration..

Matthew Nash, defending, said the teenager had had a difficult life but accepted responsibility for what he'd done.


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