Resident stole from care home

PUBLISHED: 12:04 28 July 2006 | UPDATED: 22:00 28 May 2010

CARE home resident Anthony Bridgestock stole a master key from the office at The Conifers, in Wisbech, and used it to steal items from other rooms. When staff launched an investigation, Bridgestock, 20, said he knew nothing about the burglaries, but then

CARE home resident Anthony Bridgestock stole a master key from the office at The Conifers, in Wisbech, and used it to steal items from other rooms.

When staff launched an investigation, Bridgestock, 20, said he knew nothing about the burglaries, but then produced the key that was hidden in a speaker.

He stole three cameras over a three-day period, selling them to raise money for drugs, prosecutor Nicola Ebbs told Fenland magistrates on Tuesday.

Bridgestock, of North Brink, Wisbech, admitted stealing a digital camera and memory stick worth £156.88 on June 13, and asked for three other burglaries to be considered.

"He was mixing with people who encouraged him to do wrong things," said Anita Waterman, mitigating. "Now he does not go out unless he is with a member of staff."

After hearing that Bridgestock was in breach of a five-month suspended prison sentence, the court ordered a report and adjourned sentencing until August 14.

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