Man admits theft of guns in village burglary

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A man has been remanded in custody after admitting burgling a house and stealing a number of deadly firearms.

David Mole, 32, also pleaded guilty to having a loaded shotgun in public when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

He admitted to burgling a property in Holyrood Crescent, Hart, on October 10 of this year.

Mole, of Uppingham Street, Hartlepool, also pleaded guilty to being in possession of six guns without a firearms certificate on the same day.

The weapons were two bolt action rifles, and four 12-bore shotguns.

Mole admitted a third charge of having a loaded 12-bore Beretta shotgun, together with two cartridges, in a public place, namely Uppingham Street, also on October 10.

Laura Atkinson, 34, of Buckingham Avenue, Hart, is jointly charged with Mole with burglary and possession of the firearms without a certificate.

She has pleaded not guilty to the allegations and will stand trial next year.

The case has been listed for February 12 next year and is expected to take about two days.

Prosecuting barrister Harry Hadfield said: “This relates to the significant seizure of firearms that the Crown say these two defendants burgled [from the occupant of the house].”

Mole appeared in court over a videolink to Durham Prison where he was remanded in custody.

Judge Stephen Ashurst told Mole: “The fact you have pleaded guilty will count in your favour when you are sentenced.

“You will be formally remanded in custody until the conclusion of Laura Atkinson’s trial.”

Atkinson was granted bail by the court.