A TEENAGER twice broke into a friend’s house and stole jewellery and electrical items worth £4,750.
Nathan Bamford, 18, broke into the family home of a friend on January 22 and again on January 25 this year.
He waited until the victim had left the property in Church Lane, Emley, before breaking in and stealing electrical items and jewellery worth £2,500.
He returned three days later and made off with another £2,250 worth of property.
Bamford, of Southland, Kirkheaton, initially denied the offence, and told police a friend had passed the items on to him for safe keeping.
But he pleaded guilty to the offence of burglary on September 4.
He reappeared before Judge Durham Hall at Bradford Crown Court yesterday for sentencing.
The judge told him: “You have upset a lot of people.
“I could send you to prison, but I feel it would be like throwing a lamb to the wolves.”
Instead Bamford was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and placed under a curfew for four months from 9pm to 7am.