A TEENAGE burglar who has been locked up for two and a half years after breaking into two homes is worried he will become institutionalised.
At Truro Crown Court on Monday, Joshua Trescowthick, of Grenville Gardens, Troon, admitted the two break-ins, which included stealing £400 belonging to a teenage boy who had saved the money from birthday and Christmas presents, but cannot be named due to his age.
Trescowthick, 18, got into that Troon home on August 5 last year by climbing through an insecure bathroom window.
He also stole 20 packets of tobacco, valued at £150.
Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Trescowthick’s bloody fingerprint was found on a windowsill at the property.
Trescowthick also admitted having burgled a property at Grenville Gardens on November 5 last year and stealing a watch, valued at £700, £270 cash and other items.
Mr Lee said he had three convictions for home burglaries in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and was the subject of a conditional discharge and a suspended sentence order at the time of these latest offences.
Barrie Van den Berg, defending, said Trescowthick, who had already spent time in a young offenders’ institution, feared he would become institutionalised.
He said: “That is his worry. He is getting used to prison already. It is better than it was.”
Mr Van den Berg said Trescowthick was keen to meet with his victims to apologise to them and wanted to come out of custody with a clean slate.
He said: “He wants to leave prison and start afresh.”
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, sentenced Trescowthick to 29 months in a young offenders’ institution for the two burglaries and one month, consecutive, for breaching the earlier court orders.
He said Trescowthick, who was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120, would have the support of a probation officer while he was in custody and would be encouraged to take part in the educational and employment programmes available there.