DNA led to burglary ‘lookout’ being caught

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A TEENAGER who stood lookout in a series of burglaries – including one where a bungalow was trashed to the tune of £3,200 – was tracked when he left his DNA on a stolen milk bottle.

Harry Wright (18), of Malten Lane, Whaplode, pleaded guilty to burgling a home with others unknown in the village’s Church Gate on April 21 and stealing jewellery of an unknown value.

He asked for four other matters to be taken into consideration, attempting to steal property from a home in Stockwell Gate, Whaplode, stealing alcohol from a second address in Stockwell Gate, stealing milk from an address in Weston and stealing items from a property in George Avenue, Gedney Drove End.

Spalding magistrates on Thursday decided their sentencing powers were insufficient and sent Wright to Lincoln Crown Court.

He was bailed with a conditions including a curfew and must remain at home between 8pm-7am each day.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the owner of the Church Gate home was on holiday and came home after a short break to discover his house had been ransacked.

The damage bill for broken doors and windows amounted to more than £3,200 – and the value of the stolen jewellery was something in the region of £560.

Solicitor Ruth Harrop, mitigating, said Wright was arrested after his DNA was found on a stolen milk bottle and he told police about the other matters he had been involved in.

She said Wright had also named his accomplices.

Miss Harrop said Wright first became involved when two others invited him for a walk and then asked him to stand lookout.

She said: “They said ‘if you run away, we are going to smash your head in’ and he believed them. He was too scared to go.”

After a burglar alarm sounded, they came out of the property and told him to run.

She said: “He ran one way and they ran the other.”

Miss Harrop said Wright was under “a certain amount of fright”, but that was mitigation and not a defence.

She told the court: “He instructs me that he didn’t benefit financially from any of these burglaries.”

The court heard Wright lives with his grandparents.

Miss Harrop said: “It is a small village. It is going to have an effect upon his family. His grandmother is with him today. His grandfather is in a wheelchair – he is an invalid.

“It has caused distress to his grandparents, who have brought him up. It has caused distress and fear to him.

“He knows what the possibilities are in terms of sentence and what could happen today.”