A SCARBOROUGH man who carried out a “dastardly” night-time burglary at an old people’s home has been sentenced.
Stephen Lillystone, 18, of Victoria Road, reached through a window at the Everley Care Home in Stepney Road and took a digital flat-screen TV with a built-in DVD player on September 2, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard.
As part of a week-long crime spree, he also stole a bottle of peach schnapps from Aldi in Northway and watches from Debenhams in the Brunswick Centre on two occasions.
The teenager pleaded guilty to all four offences at an earlier hearing and was subsequently remanded in custody for 21 days as he awaited sentencing.
Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said that after Lillystone was found stealing a £30 watch on September 6, police officers swept his home and discovered the flat screen TV which he took from the old people’s home.
It was also discovered that another two watches, worth £55, had been taken on September 4 by Lillystone and a companion.
Miss Reeve added: “On September 8 he had entered Aldi at 7:40pm. A customer pointed the defendant out to a member of staff. The manager spoke to him, and he said ‘it’s in my pocket’.
“The bottle of peach schnapps was recovered.”
Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said: “He recognises the dastardly episode of thieving the TV from the old people’s home. He wishes to compose a letter to the home to apologise for the offence.
“He had already served the equivalent of a six-week sentence.”
Magistrates revoked another community order with 100 hours of unpaid work which Lillystone had been handed after he was convicted of stealing jeans and a shirt from Matalan and criminal damage.
He was resentenced for those matters as well as the latest offences.
Chairman of the bench Pamela Macfie said that Lillystone had been lucky not to have been sent to jail.
He was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, a thinking skills programme and supervision for six months. Lillystone will pay £119 compensation for the TV and £25 for a watch that was not recovered.