A WREXHAM teenager is behind bars after he acted as a lookout during a daytime house burglary in the town.
Christopher Roberts, 19, of Y Wern, admitted attempted burglary and received 10 months detention when he appeared at Mold Crown Court.
Prosecuting barrister Caroline Harris said that on April 2, in the late morning, a neighbour went to investigate when he saw a man next door and heard voices.
He went around the front, flagged down a passing police car and officers arrested Roberts and another man – who has since gone on the run – following a short chase.
Roberts was found to be carrying stones and a rear window of the neighbouring property had been damaged.
Interviewed, he said the other men went to break into the property, he remained in the garden as a look out, and when the witness heard a voice say ‘someone’s coming’, it had been him.
He said he initially ran from the police not realising the men were officers and feared he would be assaulted. It had been the other man’s idea, he said.
Roberts, who had a number of previous convictions, was said by defending barrister Debra White to have not been responsible for the damage, which amounted to about £100.
The other man had been arrested and charged but had disappeared, she said.
Judge Philip Hughes said he took into account his age and guilty plea.
But he received six months for the burglary and an additional four months for being in breach of an earlier conditional discharge.