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A LOCAL teenager stole an iMac computer, a Playstation 3 computer console and other items from a house in the town.

James Lawton, 18, of New Burlington Road, pleaded guilty to burglary at a hearing at Bridlington Magistrates Court last week.

Prosecuting, Heather Levitt told the court that between 5pm and noon on September 19, Lawton broke into a house on St Albans Road by smashing a window next to the front door.

Lawton then looked around the house, whose owners were away on holiday, before stealing the computer, the games console, eight ladies watches, a car key and a black and red Nike holdall bag.

The next day at around 2.40pm, PC Prendergast noticed Lawton and a group of teenagers walking along the street, then double back on themselves a few moments later.

He pulled up alongside the group, at which point one of Lawton’s friends, referred to as Mr Brown in court, ran away. Lawton told PC Prendergast that he was carrying a playstation 3, which was his.

After the bag was searched, Lawton had no explanation for where the eight ladies watches he was carrying had came from.

Mr Brown was found in a nearby cafe with the iMac computer.

When questioned by police, Lawton initially said he had found the items and was trying to make some quick money by selling them on, but when inconsistencies in his story were pointed out, he admitted that he had committed the burglary.

Mitigating, Mike Farr told the court that Lawton had been under the “disinhibiting effects of alcohol” at the time of the burglary, and under normal circumstances “would have thought twice and walked on”.

“He noticed the items in the window while he walking by, and he had been drinking. He has acted upon impulse - he comes from a respectful, law-abiding family and he is not the most popular person at home right now,” said Mr Farr.

“He receives £30 a week in Educational Maintenance Allowance, £10 of which is taken by his parents by way of board. This was a mistake made for financial gain.”

Presiding magistrate David Smith told Lawton: “This is a serious case. You have started your hopefully short criminal career in the deep end.

“People have a right to be able to go on holiday without having their treasured items taken from their home. I’m sure that you wouldn’t like it to happen to you.”

Mr Smith sentenced Lawton to a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for one year and ordered him to complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £85 in costs.