Teenage burglars appear in court

Gavel and scales

Gavel and scales

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Two Beverley teenagers have pleaded guilty to burglary and a string of thefts from cars.

Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard how goods valued at thousands of pounds were taken by Benjamin Wood, 18, of Morton Lane, and Sam Leveridge, also 18, of Bentley.

The pair burgled a property at Cherry Trees, Skidby, from where they took a mountain bike, keys and a satellite navigation system with a total value of £5,500.

And on the same day, 18 March this year, they also stole property from five different vehicles, also in Skidby.

Items with a total value of almost £1,300 were taken from the vehicles, including a Ipods, sunglasses, a mobile phone and a car stereo.

Defending Leveridge, Miss Emma Dann said he was already subject to a curfew. The court was told how the offences also put him in breach of a conditional discharge.

Defending Wood, Miss Emma Appleton said he had no previous convictions, although she admitted that the property taken had a high value.

She suggested to district judge Frederick Rutherford that he might adjourn the case for the preparation of pre-sentence reports, but Mr Rutherford said the offences were too serious to be dealt with in the magistrates’ court.

He said: “It is a series of offences and it is targeting, and with there being a burglary dwelling it is a matter for our colleagues in the crown court.”

The pair also pleaded guilty to the theft of two pedal cycles with a total value of £680, also from Skidby.

They were each granted conditional bail and will be sentenced at Hull Crown Court on 19 May.

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