A JUDGE has warned two teenage burglars that they will be locked up if they breach their community sentences.
Kieran Ventola, 19, of Highmoor Lane, Clifton, admitted being involved in a break-in at a doctor’s home in Brighouse last March during which property valued at around £2,000 was stolen.
Ventola, who had no previous convictions, also admitted a handling stolen goods charge relating to bank cards taken during another house burglary.
He told police that he had sold a computer stolen during the burglary at the doctor’s home for £150 because he owed someone money.
Charles Rhyess, also 19, of Shepherds Grove, Deighton, pleaded guilty to burgling another house in Brighouse a few days later.
Prosecutor Toby Coupe told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that Rhyess accepted acting as a look-out during that break-in.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC reprimanded Ventola during the hearing for slouching in his seat and having his hands in his pockets, but his barrister Stephen Wood said his client was taking the proceedings seriously.
Mr Wood said Ventola was a young man from a thoroughly decent family who had meted out their own punishment to him for his offending.
He said the teenager was now back at college and it had been a case of a young man going off the rails for a week in March last year.
Both teenagers were given two-year community sentences which include 12 months supervision, an electronically-monitored night-time curfew for six months and an order to do 200 hours unpaid work.
Ventola will have to pay compensation and costs totalling £700 and Rhyess was ordered to pay £500 costs.
The judge said he was reserving any breach of the orders to himself and added: “I hope your parents will remind you every day that if you come back before me I will lock you up on any breach.”