THREE burglars entered a house by going from one attic to another, a court heard.
They were visiting a terraced house at Tenth Avenue in Llay and the three became aware there was a hole in the wall between the loft spaces of the adjoining house and burgled the house next door.
Mold Crown Court was told yesterday that the burglary victims returned home and found foot marks around the attic entrance.
Various items had been stolen including chocolate, biscuits, £10 in cash, and golf clubs and spades from the shed, explained Richard Edwards, prosecuting.
Daniel Stephen Pugh, 18, of Bryn Place, Llay, admitted burglary but was given a chance by Judge Niclas Parry and he was placed on a 12 month community order with 150 unpaid hours.
The judge told Pugh – said to function at a much younger age – that he had gone off the rails.
He had been cautioned four times in a nine month period and then he had committed a house burglary.
Pugh had been part of a gang but they took very little and the judge said he felt it was probably Pugh who returned a stolen item onto the victim’s doorstep.
He had a good unbringing and he knew the difference between right and wrong.
The judge added: “I am quite satisfied you have been led astray.”
The court heard that another youngster had received a referral order from local magistrates and that a third youth had denied burglary and was due to have a trial at the youth court in Wrexham.
Catherine Jagger, defending, said her client was very vulnerable functioning well below the age of 18 and there was concern about how he would cope in custody.
He had been a reluctant participant and was very apologetic.