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Men admit theft and sale of school iPads

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

A PROLIFIC burglar and a former pupil have admitted their parts in the theft and sale of iPads from a primary school.

In separate hearings, Jamie Read, 23, admitted 24 break-ins, including one at Trewirgie Junior School in Redruth, and Christopher McAvoy, 21, who had attended the school, admitted receiving stolen items.

At Truro Crown Court, Read, of Bassett Road, Camborne, admitted six burglaries, including a bakery in Redruth, Truro College and Cornwall College. The stolen items were:

24 Apple iPads from Trewirgie between August 5 and 8 last year;

cash, nine bottles of spirits and Jägermeister from the Hideaway Bar in Redruth on September 5;

keys, cash and a Peugeot van from the catering department at Cornwall College's Pool campus, and charity boxes from Berryman's Bakery, both on December 11;

a purse and an Apple iPhone 4S from the Kenwyn Building at Truro College on December 12;

burglary at Sure Start's Lescudjack Centre in Penzance between December 26 and 31.

Read asked for 18 similar offences to be taken into consideration in his sentence.

Court liaison probation officer Mary Lewis said: "He is what is known as a prolific offender."

Judge Margaret Rylands requested a probation report and adjourned the case to March 14.

Meanwhile, Anita Kennett, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told Truro Magistrates' Court that McAvoy, of Pendarves Street, Tuckingmill, could not resist the temptation when the burglar offered him four iPads, valued at £1,263.52, which he then sold.

She said: "The staff at the school found it particularly difficult that former pupils engaged in this behaviour."

McAvoy pleaded guilty to receiving the stolen items between August 8 and September 30, last year, and to stealing snooker cues from St Ives Snooker Club on August 19.

Ms Kennett said McAvoy went on a taster session at the club before taking the cues and had since written a letter of apology.

Paul Simons, for the defence, said: "He was homeless, he was hungry and he saw the opportunity to make some quick money on both occasions."

McAvoy was made subject to a 12-month community order with the requirement to attend 36 hours at a senior attendance centre.

He was also given a six-week curfew from 7pm to 7am daily and must pay £60 compensation to the club, £1,263.52 to the school, £40 towards the costs of the prosecution and a £60 victim surcharge.

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