Stole from sister to pay for drugs

A MAN stole almost £1,000 worth of electrical items from his own sister’s bedroom to pay for drugs.

Callum James Horsley, 20, sneaked into his sister’s room and stole electrical equipment and other items worth £949.

The shocking theft came on the same day Horsley had stolen a bike worth £400 from Hartlepool College of Further Education and attempted to steal another just hours later.

Horsley, of Penrith Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one of attempted theft, but avoided a custodial sentence when he appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates Court.

The court heard how Horsley, along with another man, stole a £400 bike from the college, in Stockton Street, Hartlepool.

They then returned to the scene on the afternoon with bolt cutters and attempted to steal another bike worth £249.

The expensive bike was sold for just £50 to pay for drugs.

Just hours later Horsley then targeted his sister’s bedroom.

Lynne Roberts-Plowman, prosecuting, said: “He entered his sister’s bedroom looking for something to take to get money for drugs.

“He fully admitted this, but couldn’t remember what he had taken.”

Neil Taylor, mitigating, said Horsley, who appeared before the court in custody, found himself in a situation where drugs were taking over his life.

Mr Taylor said: “He has realised he was letting his life get out of control.

“There is a degree of reconciliation.

“His mother is sat at the back of the court and some of the items stolen were recovered.

“Before his brief period of incarceration he wasn’t listening, he is now.”

Chairman of magistrates’ bench, Robert Darling gave Horsley with a 12-month community order with supervision.

He was also ordered to complete 200-hours of unpaid community work and pay £200 compensation for the stolen bike and £949 for the items from his sister’s bedroom.

Mr Darling said: “You have got some people at the back of the court who are willing to support you and I hope you take their help and support.”