Two thieves travelled to Scarborough and broke into the Spa, a petrol station and a novelty shop after claiming they were stranded with nothing to do.
Tyler Clayton, 20, and Anthony Wiltshire, 21, from Grimsby, admitted forcing their way into Sainsbury’s petrol station last Wednesday and stealing items, including tobacco, totalling £166.
Scarborough Magistrates Court heard on Friday how later that night the duo smashed their way into the Spa, causing around £3,500 worth of damage to doors, windows and a computerised till.
They then broke into the Ancient Warrior shop, in Foreshore Road, before being arrested and taken into custody after they were captured on CCTV at Sainsbury’s.
Mitigating, Ian Brickman told magistrates they had travelled up to Scarborough on the last train after arranging to stay with a friend.
But after arriving on the final train later than expected, they were unable to contact their host.
He said: “They found themselves stranded in Scarborough and they had spent most of their money in rail tickets to get here. They had no money and nothing to eat. They wandered around Scarborough without anything to do and it appears they became involved in the offences you have heard about.”
Clayton and Wiltshire also admitted to seven similar offences in their home town of Grimsby and asked for them to be taken into consideration.
When the string of thefts were read out to magistrates, the pair started laughing.
After being told to stop by the court clerk, they claimed they stole because they had no money “like everyone else who comes to this court”.
The pair were will be sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court on October 8.
A third man from Grimsby, Callum Crossland, 19, also appeared under the same charges but entered a not guilty plea.
He asked for his case to be heard by a jury at Crown Court and was remanded in custody until October 12.