A BURGLAR has been sentenced for stealing equipment worth more than £4,000 from a youth football club.

Jason Lee Cheesey initially denied the burglary at Crook Town Youth AFC in the summer of 2020.

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He subsequently changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced by County Durham and Darlington magistrates sitting at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (December 15).

The court heard that Cheesey stole a lawn mower and strimmer with a combined value of £4,680 from a storage unit at Crook Town Youth on August 2 of last year.

Magistrates sentenced the 25-year-old, of West End Villas, Crook, to a community order with a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £350 in court costs, plus a £95 victim surcharge.

This totals £445 which Cheesey was told to pay at £10 per week starting on January 7, 2022.

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