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Teen thief took films and tools in looting spree

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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AN ‘impulsive’ teenage thief who recently became a father has avoided a jail term after looting hundreds of pounds of films, video games and power tools from Burton shops.

Ryan Taylor helped himself to a £199 petrol tool from The Range, in Wellington Road and £455 of Blu Ray disks and games from Asda while already serving a conditional discharge for theft.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, told Burton Magistrates’ Court that three witnesses saw the 19-year-old, of Shobnall Street, leave the supermarket without paying for the disks on February 26.

He said Taylor had a ‘fairly lengthy history of dishonesty offences’, but added that he pleaded guilty at an early stage.

Serena Joshi, defending, said her client now hoped to turn his life around after the recent birth of his son.

She told the court: “I have spoken to the defendant about the potential of going to prison.

“He has been remanded in custody for five weeks already, and he said that just being on remand has had a bad impact on him being able to see his child.

“He said he will accept any requirements, he is remorseful for his actions – there are impulsive actions.”

Ms Joshi said Taylor’s family were ‘very supportive’ of him and would provide a roof over his head.

In a report from probation services read out to the court, it was revealed Taylor, who admitted using cannabis, had asked to be placed on a drug rehabilitation programme.

Presiding magistrate Christine Buntain ordered Taylor to complete a 12-month supervised community order, including a drug rehabilitation requirement, and 140 hours of unpaid community work.

This would have been 180 if it were not for his guilty plea.

He was also told to hand over £429 in court charges including £199 compensation to The Range.

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