Fenland home burgled by teenagers who claimed to be looking for a football
TEENAGE burglars caused �4,000 worth of damage to doors when they attempted to break into a Benwick home in the early hours, a court heard.
A vigilant neighbour called police after seeing flashing lights in the garden -- and officers found a crow bar and a length of tarpaulin hidden behind a wheelie bin when the area was searched.
The youngsters had claimed to be searching for a football - but said they had left the ball behind because it was flat.
Appearing before Fenland magistrates today (Tuesday), 18-year-old Joshua Bentham-Adaway of White Hart Drive, Benwick; and 17-year-old Tomasz Leviscki of River Close, Benwick, admitted burglary with intent to steal. The court made the unusual decision not to impose an anonymity order on Leviscki, who is a youth and will be sentenced by Fenland Youth Court.
Prosecuting, Emma Duckett told how a neighbour spotted flashing lights in the garden of a home in Benwick High Street around 3.30am on October 7.
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“The female occupant had left her home around 4.30pm on October 6, making sure it was secure,” she said.
“About 3.30am the next morning, a neighbour was disturbed by flashing lights. Police officers attended, the teenagers claimed to have gone into the garden to retrieve a football, but said it was flat so they left it behind.
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“The next morning a crow bar and length of tarpaulin was found hidden behind a wheelie bin, taken there to effect entry,” added Miss Duckett
She said damage to a patio door, back door and conservatory door totalled �4,000. Mitigating for Bentham-Adway, solicitor Michael Hinchliffe said: “Yes, it was forced entry. But there was no occupant present, nothing was stolen, and there was no ransacking. It was very much an unprofessional burglary.”
He said the 18-year-old had suffered a significant problem with depression, and suggested that a doctor should be consulted before he is sentenced.
The court adjourned his case for three weeks, for the probation service to prepare a report, and gave the teenager conditional bail.
*A third defendant, 17-year-old Liam Keppel Garner, of Lilyholt Road, Benwick, denied a charge of burglary with intent to steal. The court made no order restricting his identification in the press. He will face trial before Fenland Youth Court.