‘Shocking’ acts of teenager and his 47 offences

Callan Collins.
Callan Collins.

Property worth around £20,000 was stolen in a spree of burglaries and thefts carried out over five months by a Scarborough man.

Motorbikes were amongst the items taken around the town between March 3 and July 5 by Callan Collins, 19, York Crown Court was told last Thursday.

Collins, of Gildercliffe, appeared for sentencing on charges of burglary and possessing Class B drugs, and in breach of a suspended sentence, but also asked the court to take 12 other offences into consideration.

Jonathan Devlin, prosecuting, said on May 11 Scarborough police officers became suspicious when Collins spotted them and sped off on his bike. He was stopped, searched and his home visited, where drugs, including cannabis, were found.

Then, after a suspended custodial sentence by Scarborough magistrates for assaulting police officers, Collins was disturbed burgling a property in Lyell Street.

Mr Devlin said the householder returned home on July 19 to find Collins and a youth, who had armed himself with a kitchen knife.

The pair ran off with a mobile phone, a wallet and £50 cash, leaving behind many other items they had stacked in readiness for removal.

Julia Harrow, mitigating, said Collins accepted that as a third strike burglar he was facing a custodial sentence. Adding that he was trying to clear his slate by admitting everything, Miss Harrow said Colllins was finding it difficult to accept he would not be at home to care for his mother, who suffers from MS and diabetes.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said those concerns did not seem to have kept Collins at home, adding that he had one of the “most shocking” records - 20 convictions for 47 offences. He added that Collins was back on his offending spree just 20 hours after being given the suspended sentence. Sentencing him to 42 months in a Young Offenders’ Institute, Judge Ashurst said he hoped Collins would realise that if he continued offending his future would be very dim.