Teenagers stole tools from van

THREE teenagers admitted stealing tools worth £1,580 from a van - but each claimed only to have been the lookout man for the other two.

Bryan McDonald of Beechcroft Road, Grantham, Luke Ridout of Heathfield Road, Grantham and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, all admitted stealing from the van in Valley Road, Grantham.

The trio were seen hanging around the van by a witness. The police found the van had been emptied and the three teens were arrested a short time later.

All made full admissions to police in interview. Rob Arthur, defending 18-year-old Ridout said his client was a lookout and only helped carry one bag of tools.

Mr Tyas, defending 19-year-old McDonald, said his client was the lookout as he had a broken collarbone and could not help with the lifting. Bill Fraser, defending the 16-year-old, said his client “admits involvement as a lookout”.

The 16-year-old boy was given a four month referral order. His mother, who was in court, was told she would be liable for £325 in compensation which must be paid to the victim.

Chairman of magistrates Mrs Costley told the 16-year-old: “Whilst your mum is responsible for paying, it is as a result of your actions. Should you get a job you should offer to pay her back. You can also help in other ways such as jobs around the house.”