A TEENAGER who stole from his relatives has paid for his crimes in court.
Newton Aycliffe Youth Court heard that the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, climbed up some scaffolding to get into his mother’s Darlington home on May 7.
Prosecutor Rachael Dodsworth said he then stole £20 from a glass bottle in a kitchen cupboard.
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Five-weeks later, on June 14, the teenager targeted his aunt’s home in Newton Aycliffe.
He rolled a wheelie bin underneath an open lounge window and used it to climb through.
He found his aunt’s handbag and stole £40 from it.
The youth, who now lives in Newton Aycliffe, admitted two charges of burglary, although he claimed he only stole £30 from his aunt.
Mitigating, Ben Pegman said the teen was “effectively finding his own way in life” and was living on just £50 per week in hardship money.
He said he was remorseful about the burglaries and had already repaid £5 to his mother.
Magistrates imposed a 9pm to 7am curfew along with a 12-month youth rehabilitation order with activities to run as long as the youth offending service saw fit.
He was also ordered to pay £40 compensation to his aunt after his mother waived what he owed her.