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Teen burglar helped himself to £3k haul in Accrington
A TEEN burglar who raided an Accrington family home left his victims traumatised after they found a large knife in the front bedroom, a court heard.
Burnley Crown Court was told how the youth was arrested after he was caught on several CCTV cameras in the area. He was seen heading towards the house and then leaving the premises and carrying a bag.
The 17-year-old had helped himself to a near £3,000 haul, including sentimental jewellery which had belonged to relatives of the victims who had died. He then passed some it on to Nathan Halstead and it was sold at Cash Converters.
The hearing was told how Halstead lied to police when he was arrested and questioned. The defendant, 23, of Lilac Avenue, Haslingden, admitted handling stolen goods. He was jailed for 26 weeks.
The 17-year-old, from the Rossendale area, who a judge ordered should not be named, pleaded guilty to burglary on May 13 and was spared custody. He received a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, with 100 hours unpaid work and a 12-week curfew, between 9pm and 6am.
David Macro, prosecuting, said the victims, Ian Chapman and his partner, left the house at about 8am and he returned from work at about 6.15pm to find the door unlocked and a window smashed by a stone.
Belongings to the tune of £2,680 had been taken, including an Xbox and games, laptops, cash and a camera. A large knife had been removed from a block in the kitchen and was now on top of some drawers in a bedroom.
That caused the victims a lot of upset, as did the loss of jewellery left to Mr Chapman by his father and a bracelet which had belonged to his Mr Chapman’s partner Clare’s late son.
Mr Macro said the teenager and another male were seen on CCTV walking towards the street and one person could be seen looking through the window.
Just after noon, a man looked to be leaving the address and walking away.