Man burgled old people’s home

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A SCARBOROUGH teenager committed a night-time burglary at an old people’s home as part of a week-long crime spree.

Stephen Lillystone, 18, of Victoria Road, stole a TV with a built-in DVD player worth £119 from The Everley care home in Stepney Road.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard that he also stole alcohol from Aldi in Northway and watches from Debenhams in the Brunswick Centre on two occasions.

Lillystone pleaded guilty to the burglary and three counts of theft, which he committed over a seven day period earlier this month.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said: “The most serious offence is the burglary matter. He has admitted that he went out to look for a new TV on September 2.

“He put his hand through the window at the old people’s home and pulled the TV out.”

After taking the television home, Mrs Varlow said Lillystone had kicked it off a dresser and damaged it, meaning it could not be returned to its owner.

Describing the theft offences, Mrs Varlow said: “He went out to Debenhams on September 4 and September 6 to steal watches. One, worth £29, wasn’t recovered.”

On September 8, Lillystone then entered Aldi and stole a bottle of peach schnapps, which was worth £13.98.

He was already subject to a community order, which he had been given on July 13 after he committed a dishonesty offence.

“There are a number of previous dishonesty offences on his record,” Mrs Varlow added. “He has pleaded guilty to a number of offences which he committed in a short space of time.”

Robert Vining, mitigating, said: “I would be banging my head against a brick wall if I said you were not going to go for an all-options pre-sentence report.”

He then asked for his client to be granted bail while the report is prepared.

“He has accepted that he has a serious drink problem,” Mr Vining added. “He had literally tried to drown his problems.

“In a nutshell he is a young man who realises he has got himself into an awful lot of trouble.

“He has never had a custodial sentence before. He wants to start getting help.”

Magistrates rejected Mr Vining’s pleas, and said that his client would be remanded in custody.

Chairman of the Bench Carol Barker said: “We have substantial grounds to believe you will commit further offences.”

Lillystone will be sentenced on September 30.