Whitby burglar told to expect prison term

York Crown Court

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A 21-year-old man is facing a prison stretch after he admitted burgling homes in Whitby and Scarborough.

James Greenwood, of The Garth, Whitby, initially denied some of the offences and was due to face trial at York Crown Court on Monday alongside co-accused Andrew Hudson, 25, from Scarborough.

But they changed their pleas on the day of trial and are now due to be sentenced in December.

Greenwood and Hudson admitted burgling a flat in North Marine Road, Scarborough, where they stole electrical items, clothes, two pairs of shoes and even crockery between April 28 and May 16.

Greenwood also admitted breaking into a flat in Broomfield Terrace, Whitby, on January 15, when he stole £200 in cash and an iPhone.

A third man, Jake William Craven, 19, of North Marine Road, Scarborough, admitted handling a stolen washing machine and T-shirt thought to have been taken from the flat in Scarborough.

The court heard that all three defendants had previous convictions for burglary and Hudson, of North Marine Road, was a “three-strikes” burglar, which means an immediate prison sentence is almost inevitable in his case.

Recorder Euan Duff told Hudson he was looking at a jail sentence of at least three 
years, and that a prison stretch for Greenwood and Craven was also “a very real possibility”.

The sentence hearing will be held on December 7.