Three teens who filmed bur­glary plans plead guilty

Accrington Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

THREE teenagers filmed them­selves on a mo­bile phone plan­ning a bur­glary be­fore en­ter­ing a pen­sioner’s house, a court heard.

The youths, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, en­tered the prop­erty on Cross Street in Clay­ton-le-Moors on Au­gust 13 and tried to steal gold chains worth around £1,000 from 74-year-old vic­tim Nor­man O’Brian.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jeremy Grout-Smith said the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice can­not state which of the de­fen­dants tried to take the chains.

Two of the youths pleaded guilty to bur­glary after be­ing sent to Burn­ley Crown Court un­der the ‘grave crime’ pro­vi­sions.

A third de­fen­dant pleaded guilty at an ear­lier mag­is­trates court hear­ing to the Cross Street bur­glary.

He also pleaded guilty to two other bur­glar­ies at Black­burn Road in Great Har­wood on Septem­ber 4 and on Alexan­dra Close in Clay­ton-le-Moors on Au­gust 2 where elec­tronic equip­ment worth £379.99 was stolen.

The teenager also ad­mit­ted han­dling a stolen bank card in Altham on Au­gust 17 and pos­sess­ing cannabis in Ac­cring­ton on Septem­ber 19.

Peter Warne, de­fend­ing one of the youths, told the court: “The pri­mary ev­i­dence against the de­fen­dants is the fact that they were out­side the ad­dress talk­ing on the [mo­bile phone] footage about go­ing into the ad­dress. It’s ob­vi­ous it was planned.”

Daniel Prowse, rep­re­sent­ing an­other youth, said: “Once the bur­glary was tak­ing place [the vic­tim] was ap­proached by one of the group who tried to snatch the gold chains from him but failed.”

Judge Sara Dodd ad­journed sen­tence to De­cem­ber 12 for pre­sen­tence re­ports to be pre­pared.

She said: “You have pleaded guilty to a very se­ri­ous mat­ter. I’m not go­ing to deal with you to­day. You will be dealt with by an­other judge when you come back to court on De­cem­ber 12.

“It’s very im­por­tant that you co­op­er­ate with the peo­ple pre­par­ing the re­port. The judge will need all the in­for­ma­tion con­tained in that re­port.”

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