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Friday, March 11, 2011


Burglar, 17, targeted schools for computers

A 17-YEAR-old burglar stole thousands of pounds' worth of computer equipment from schools across Bristol in a series of night-time raids.
The teenager from Knowle West, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Cotham School twice, Oasis Academy, St Brendan's and Brislington Enterprise College in just over a month.
Bristol Youth Court heard that with accomplices, he targeted PCs and computer monitors to make quick cash.
Prosecuting, Gareth Giddings said the defendant was involved in a burglary at the Co-operative store on Wyatts View, St Anne's, with adults Ryan Gibbs and Sonny Westcott on February 15.
But as he prepared to admit that charge, the youth asked for eight other offences to be taken into consideration by magistrates.
Mr Giddings said the burglar was caught on the roof of Co-op by police responding to the store alarm going off. Inside, boxes of cigarettes had been bagged up ready to be stolen.
About £8,500 worth of damage had been caused, including the internal CCTV cameras being smashed.
The court heard on January 18 the teenager broke into the Oasis Academy through a music room window and stole £2,000 worth of computer monitors.
On January 29, he broke into St Brendan's with others but didn't steal anything.
Less than a week later, Brislington Enterprise College had been targeted and ten Dell laptops had been stolen.
Cotham School was broken into on January 20 and 24, and on the second occasion £9,600 worth of computers were taken, in the form of six Apple Macs.
On February 8, the teenager tried but failed to steal three cars.
Mitigating, Billy Olaniyi said his client got involved with adults who were "out of his league" in terms of criminality in the Knowle area.
Mr Olaniyi said he was "naive" to think it was a legitimate way to make money when he had ambitions to get a job as a mechanic.
Chairman of the bench, Bryan Nutter, asked the defendant: "You're a young person – imagine how you would feel if you had a project on one of these computers and someone came along and stole it."
"Gutted," he replied.
The Evening Post applied to the magistrates to have the automatic reporting restrictions on the defendant's identity overturned.
But the application was rejected due to the "adverse impact" identification, as a youth, would have on him and his family.
The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.
Gibbs, 19, of St Whytes Road, and Westcott, 22, of Wexford Road, have both been convicted for their parts in the Co-op burglary. Gibbs was given a suspended sentence and Westcott a 15-month jail term.

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