Burglars claim they accidentally broke window

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A TEENAGER and his friend broke into a St Leonards shop in the middle of the night and stole a tin of money.

Michael Reid, 19, of Southwater Road, St Leonards and a youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, climbed through the window of the Kings Road Bazaar just after 1am on February 5.

They were both spotted on CCTV and quickly arrested by police.

At a court hearing on Monday, Andrew Holt, prosecuting, said Reid had cannabis on him when he was searched. Officers also found the tin full of loose change, as well as two small money bags outside the shop.

Reid pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of cannabis when he appeared in the dock. The youth admitted his role in the burglary at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced on March 1.

Kim Goodall, defending, said: “They were heading home as both had been drinking in town. His friend leant on the shop window, which was already cracked and it broke. He then went inside and stole the money box. The defendant says he was standing outside acting as a lookout. They then hid in an alleyway and police arrested them. He was not the prime mover but accepts the concept of it being a joint enterprise.” Magistrates adjourned the case and Reid was due to be sentenced yesterday (Thursday).