Victim of burglary was a burglar.

Posted: February 19, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieWhen police were called to a burglary in Stoke, Cornwall they found that the victim was himself a burglar and many of the items stolen had been stolen before.

Prosecutor Louise Howard told Plymouth Crown Court that on July 10 last year, the occupant of a house in Fairfax Terrace received a text from a neighbour about noises coming from his property. Police were called and they and the owner arrived to find electrical and other items missing and the back door open.

The keys were then spotted near the rear of the house next door, and police went in. Oh what a give away!

They found stolen items in the kitchen and dining room and a TV hidden under a double bed. Must have been a flat screen. Other goods were concealed beneath loft insulation between roof joists. One man ran away, but teenager Ryan Cooper, pictured, and two women were arrested, the women later being cautioned for handling stolen goods.

Kelly Scrivener, for Cooper, said 45 items were taken, but the complainant was a known burglar and Cooper had no previous convictions.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC told Cooper, of Shute Park Road, Plymstock: “You are only 19 and were stealing property which was already stolen; most of it was recovered. “You are young and have not been in trouble before.”I will give you the chance to go straight and not send you to a young offenders’ institution, where you would probably learn the wrong tricks anyway.”

Like how not to leave clues leading up to your home?

Judge Gilbert imposed a two-year conditional discharge and ordered Cooper to pay £510 prosecution costs, as he had not pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court or at the first opportunity at Plymouth Crown Court. Cooper had given a ‘no comment’ interview to police but eventually pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary.

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