13-year-old burglar breaks into Exmouth home and leaves poo in toilet

PUBLISHED: 17:18 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:39 17 November 2017

Exeter Magistrates' Court.

Exeter Magistrates' Court.

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A 13-year-old burglar broke into an Exmouth home and left a poo in the toilet for the owners to find.

Magistrates heard how the Topsham teen was involved in three incidents where he entered people’s homes in Exmouth and stole items such as tobacco, alcohol and cash.

The boy pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary, a count for using threatening words and behaviour towards a mother who would not let him play with her children.

He also admitted to assault, for spitting in his headteacher’s face.

Prosecuting, Giles Rowden said all the burglaries were at homes belonging to people the boy knew.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard how the teenager regularly walked into the home of the first victim to ask his two friends to play outside, but on this occasion they did not.

Mr Rowden said, after the teenager left, the occupants noticed some tobacco was missing.

Magistrates were told that, when the boy’s father found out, he was marched back to apologise and to reimburse them.

Mr Rowden said the teen burgled the house a second time and took tobacco and drink.

He also broke into another home, whose occupants he knew.

The owners of the second house came home to find someone had climbed through a bathroom window, left a poo in the toilet and had stolen alcohol, tobacco, cigars and cash.

The court heard that the teen admitted to the offence and to sharing his loot with his friends.

Defending, Lisa McArthur said the boy was very remorseful and had ADHD, tourettes and anxiety issues so could be impulsive and lash out at times.

She added the boy also showed signs of epilepsy.

Magistrates were told he was on a long waiting list to get help with his behaviour which seemed to be worse in the holidays, when he was bored.

The teenager, who was sentenced last Thursday, was given an eight-month referral order and told to pay £20 to his headteacher in compensation, as punishment for the offences which all took place between July 14 and October 23 this year.

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