Teenager in court for stealing from his Clitheroe gran

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A grandma was left shocked after returning from work to find her own grandson in her Clitheroe home.

Blackburn magistrates heard Wesley Russell, who was on bail having admitted stealing money from his uncle, was ordered out of the property.

But he returned later in the day, forced entry through the cellar and carried out a messy search of the property.

Russell (19), of Lowergate, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal. He was committed in custody to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.

Philippa White (prosecuting), said Russell had previously lived with his grandma but had left to set up home with his girlfriend.

He told his grandma the door had not been secure and he had simply walked in. But he actually had a key which he didn’t want his grandma to take off him.

Mrs White said: “He was asked to leave and shortly after his grandma left her home, double locking the door behind her.

“When she returned she discovered the cellar door had been forced, a lock on an office had been tampered with and her bedroom had been searched.”

When he was interviewed Leigh claimed he had been looking for a laptop computer so he could complete an online job application.

Gareth Price (defending), said when Leigh first let himself in his only intention was to find the laptop and complete the application.

He added: “He accepts that on his second entry he did have a nosey around the property but nothing was taken.”