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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Barrow teen stole his friend’s games so he could eat

A Barrow thief traded a friend’s computer games for cash after borrowing his laptop to find out how much they were worth.

A judge heard that Zak Collie, 19, of Egerton Court, Barrow had been struggling to pay for food when he took four Xbox games belonging to the owner of the house where he was staying.

Collie pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and two counts of fraud when he appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

He had been staying alone overnight in the home of his friend, Jack White, when he took the four games and traded them in at CeX in Dalton Road, Barrow, in exchange for £29.50 in cash.

The offence took place some time between March 14 and 20.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting said: “When Mr White returns home the following morning he sees Mr Collie is leaving with a bag in his hand.

“He notices the games are missing and that his laptop computer had been used to price the items.

“The defendant is subsequently interviewed by police and fully admits the offence and that his intention at the time was to permanently deprive Mr White of the property.”

The court heard that Collie had also taken and traded in a game belonging to a 16-year-old friend in exchange for £12.

Mrs Hine added that CeX had returned the games to their rightful owners but had not been able to recover the money.

Miss Karen Templeton, defending, said: “He admits it was a low thing to do and I think that sums it up really, it was taking from friends and people who had put him up for the night.

“After a missed appointment, his benefits were sanctioned for 13 weeks so after he had paid for his utilities he often could not afford to eat.”

Miss Templeton added that Collie had also been suffering from depression.

District judge Mr David Purcell said: “This was a breach of trust in that you were allowed to stay in people’s houses and then you took things from them.”

Collie was given a curfew between the hours of 7pm to 7am for 8 weeks and ordered to pay £41.50 compensation to CeX.

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