Teenager in custody for family thefts

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A FILEY teenager who stole from his foster mother to pay off drug debts has been sentenced to 26 weeks behind bars.

Christopher Terzza, 18, of Church Street, was sent to a young offenders’ institute after pleading guilty to two charges of theft.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud, relating to one of the thefts.

Scarborough Magistrates’ Court head Terzza’s first theft took place on June 21 when he visited his grandmother in Hartlepool.

Prosecuting, Sandra White said: “His grandmother knew he was coming, so hid her money in a purse, then put it in a bag, then hung the bag up on a coat rack under several coats.”

However, Terzza found the purse and took £140 from it.

The second theft took place on August 9 when Terzza stole furniture and electric goods from his foster mother’s house.

She went home to find men removing a 32” television, and found further items of hers in the back of a van.

Mrs White said: “She was told by the men they had paid £190 for the items.

“The defendant had told them his mother was moving abroad and the items were free to take for the agreed sum of money.”

The thefts were committed while Terzza was on a suspended sentence for a previous offence.

Mitigating, Robert Vining said: “This defendant pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“He sees it inevitable that he will receive a custodial sentence for this.

“Whatever anyone says about this young man, that shows a remarkable piece of realism on his behalf, in that how else would a court have dealt with him.”

Magistrates gave Terzza a 16-week sentence for the offences.

They also activated the suspended sentence of 10 weeks to run consecutively.