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Teenager stolen charity boxes and alcohol in pub raid
2:36pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who broke into a pub and stole two charity boxes has admitted theft, despite claiming that he could not remember the incident.
Damon Andrew Dodsworth, 19, pleaded guilty to burglary at the Fox and Hounds pub, in Neasham, near Darlington, after his fingerprints were found on two bottles left at the scene by police.
Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard that the pub was burgled between 8.30am and 9am on Saturday, August 10, while the owner went out to walk his dog.
A large amount of alcohol worth £249, including cases of beers, ciders and spirits and a nine gallon barrel of beer, was stolen from the cellar. Two charity boxes that had been chained to the bar were also taken.
Vickie Wilson, prosecuting, said Dodsworth was arrested by police after his fingerprints were found, but claimed in interview that he had never been to the pub and had not be to Neasham for several months.
She added: “When he was told that he had been linked to the pub by his fingerprints he could give no explanation.”
Nick Woodhouse, mitigating, said Dodsworth had no recollection of the offence but that he accepted that if his fingerprints were found in the building he must have been there.
Mr Woodhouse said: “It is strange because this incident was said to have taken place in half an hour but the amount of alcohol stolen, including a nine gallon beer keg, suggests there must have been others involved. My client could not have done this on his own.”
A probation report said it is was ‘concerning’ that Dodsworth had apparently drunk so much he could not remember the morning of August 10 and that his behaviour needed to be ‘nipped in the bud’.
Magistrates gave Dodsworth a community order with six months supervision and a four week overnight curfew.