Tuppenny thief told: ‘Grow up’

A SCARBOROUGH teenager was told to grow up by magistrates after admitting stealing cash from a seafront 2p arcade machine.

Jordan Gallagher, 18, of Throxenby Lane, faced the joint theft charge with another teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place on the evening of June 25.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said on the night in question the manager of Taylor Made Fun in Sandside was alerted to a group of youths trying to get money out of a Happy Days 2p machine.

When CCTV footage was reviewed, a group of males could be seen, including a youth in a checked shirt rocking the machine.

Gallagher was identified and arrested, saying he did rock the machine and take some money out.

However, he didn’t know how much there was or what he had done with it.

The court heard that £8.50 had been taken and the repair bill was £288.10.

Gallagher, representing himself, said he didn’t know how he could make amends for the damage as his only income is an Education Maintenance Allowance of £30 a week.

He added that he had been due to start at Yorkshire Coast College on the day of the hearing.

Magistrates gave Gallagher a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £144 compensation plus £20 court costs at £5 per week.

On delivering sentence, chairman of the bench Tony Green said: “Grow up. You shouldn’t be messing around with tuppenny shove machines at your age.”

The other teenager appeared at youth court on another date. The case was adjourned until September 20 for pre-sentence reports.