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Teenager stole war medals during Wrexham burglary

Published date: 05 March 2014 |
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A YOUTH burglar has admitted stealing war medals and items worth hundreds of pounds, causing “indescribable trauma” to one of his victims.

A court heard one of his victims was “still in shock” and felt too scared to put out her own bins.

The 16-year-old offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, smirked and made faces throughout proceedings as he was sentenced at Wrexham Youth Court yesterday to a total of eight months in custody for two separate burglaries.

Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said the first break-in took place on January 30 at a property in the Borras area.

He said: “The first offence is linked to the breach of an anti-social behaviour order which required him not to enter the grounds of that property.”

He said the victim lived on her own and had gone to work that morning.

“A police constable who was on patrol saw the defendant with a heavy carrier bag and went over to check what was inside,” Mr Jones said.

“He found jewellery, a laptop and other items.”

When the victim returned home that afternoon she saw items had been moved and taken and reported the matter to police, Mr Jones added.

He said items taken included her mother’’s watch and her father’s Second World War medals, as well as a Palestine police medal. Mr Jones said these were of “great emotional value” and she had been given them to look after.

Mr Jones read out a statement from the victim, which said: “I am still in shock. I keep the doors locked. I constantly check everyone who calls to the house. I can’t even put the bins out on my own.”

Mr Jones moved on to describe the second burglary at a house in the Wrexham area on February 5.

He said the offence was committed while the defendant was on bail.

A couple living there were out when shortly after 9.50pm a neighbour called police after seeing a young man run away from a Peugeot car, which had crashed into a fence.

Mr Jones added: “Police attended, found the ground floor window smashed and various items taken including a St Christopher’s cross, of great sentimental value, were taken. Also taken was a watch worth £300.

Footprint impressions were left on the floor. The youth was initially arrested for breaking a tag curfew. His Adidas trainers were seized and they matched the prints left at the property.

The prosecution read out a statement from the victim of the second burglary, who said: “The trauma of losing these items is indescribable. Things have not been right since the burglary. I want the defendant to take responsibility for what he has done.”

Emma Simoes, defending, said: “I concede he has been given a number of chances and has exhausted them.

“He has health issues and was diagnosed relatively late with ADHD.”

Magistrates sentenced the teenager to eight months in youth custody for two  “planned” and “calculated” burglaries.He was also handed another eight months, to be served concurrently, for breaching his anti-social behaviour order and failing to comply with a youth rehabilitation order.

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