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Teenage thieves admit stealing from honesty boxes

Two teenage thieves will be sentenced next month after admitting stealing from honesty boxes at Island farms.

17-year-old Vince Alan Burgess and 18-year-old Niall William Martin - who are both from Ramsey - appeared at Douglas Courthouse today. 

The pair, from Bowring Road and Coronation Court respectively, both pleaded guilty to three charges of theft from October 25th last year.

The duo travelled around the Island in the early hours of that morning armed with a hammer which they used to break into the collection boxes. 

At 4.10am they targeted Close Leece Farm on Patrick Road stealing £24 before driving to the Magher Grianagh Farm Shop in Sulby where they stole £40. 

A short time later they went to Ballaseyre Farm in Andreas where they made off with £28 - the incidents were caught on CCTV.

Addressing the court the prosecutor said they were "mean" offences with Martin using the hammer to damage the boxes and Burgess acting as the "lookout". 

Social enquiry reports have been requested before the teenagers are sentenced on March 23rd - they've been bailed in the meantime.

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