Teen put on 24-hour curfew after theft spree

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A TEENAGER facing sentencing over a string of shop thefts has been told he can’t leave his home until his court date – apart from visiting the jobcentre.

Colin Dunn has been placed on a 24-hour curfew as a condition of his bail after he admitted eight thefts in less than two weeks.

The 18-year-old was due to be sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday but the case was adjourned until April 1, when he is due to enter pleas on other matters.

Dunn, of Westmorland Road, South Shields, started his crime spree on Friday, February 7, when he stole cigarettes and vodka worth £25 from Sims Corner Shop and then raided Boldon Lane Garage, both in the town, for cigarettes and hat and gloves valued at £23.

On Saturday, February 28, he – along with another man – stole two packets of cigarettes valued at £13.82 from a One Stop Store in South Tyneside.

On the same day, the pair snatched a bottle of Lucozade and 10 cigarettes valued at £6.15 from Simonside Service Station, and 20 cigarettes worth £7.70 from Best One Store.

On Saturday, March 1, Dunn stole two bottles of spirits worth £17.28 from the Diary Off Licence and General Dealers.

Also on Saturday, March 1, he took a bottle of vodka and 20 Richmond cigarettes valued at £13.54 from Harvest Energy at Ridgeway Service Station.

On Wednesday, March 12, he took cigarettes and vodka worth £35.99 from another store in South Tyneside.

Dunn pleaded guilty to the thefts from February 7 at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He had been placed on a 24-hour curfew after admitting six other offences at previous hearings.

David Hatfield, defending, asked for the bail condition to be varied to allow him to sign on at the jobcentre and to attend court when necessary.

Dunn will remain on the curfew until April 1.