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Wrexham teen broke into house and stole mum's laptop

Published date: 09 April 2014 |
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A TEENAGER broke into his mother’s house and stole her £400 laptop.

The 15-year-old, who is from the Wrexham area, was also sentenced for taking a motorcycle without consent.

Wyn Jones, prosecuting, told Wrexham Youth Court: “On March 6 the defendant’s mother had gone out and returned home shortly before midnight, when she noticed the bottom of the door had been forced open, and her laptop was missing.

“A week or so earlier she had told the defendant to leave the house, and he has since been living with his grandmother.

“He accepts he was trespassing, but had returned to the house to collect his Xbox and took the laptop while he was there.

“He took it to a friend’s house, where it later became damaged.”

The  teenager was also involved in the theft of a Honda Sabre Index motorbike from Menai Road on March 10.

It was later ridden recklessly and at dangerously high speeds by a friend of the defendant on the A539 towards Overton.

The friend has been sentenced for his part in the crime.

Mr Jones said: “The bike was chained up, but when the owner was returning home from work he noticed two youths riding past on a bike which looked like his.

“The bike was ridden in Kingsley Circle and Churchill Drive and was spotted on CCTV.

“It was later damaged by someone else, but the defendant was not driving it dangerously.

“They said they had found the bike in Queensway with the chain hanging from it and they denied taking it from the owner’s home.”

Andy Holliday, defending, said: “The burglary occurred after the defendant had an argument with his mum.

“He wanted his Xbox back and took the laptop so he could get on Facebook.

“With regards to the bike which ended up crashed in Overton, he accepts he shouldn’t have taken it.”

Magistrate Lady Sally Kenyon told the teenager: “You have deprived your mum of her laptop.

“How would you like it if someone took your laptop?

“The onus is on you to take responsibility for what you have done.”

The teenager was given a 12-month referral order and was vtold to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

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