Burglar admitted crime in messages to friends
CARELESS text messages cost a burglar a suspended jail term.
Teenager Christopher Moore broke into a home after falling out with householder Ryan Williams, Bristol Crown Court was told.
He then confessed via Blackberry phone to mutual friends how he had carried out the break-in.
Moore, 18, of Gatehouse Way in Withywood, pleaded guilty to burglary.
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Judge Michael Roach gave him an eight-month jail term, suspended for two years, with a year's supervision, 150 hours of unpaid work and an £80 victim surcharge.
The judge told him: "You must have known that this was a serious thing to do. You went into somebody's home and you tool their property."
Robert Reid, prosecuting, said it was in October when Mr Williams returned to his Bristol home to find a window had been smashed with a brick and a burglar had made a mess. The haul included a TV, computer, mountain bikes, hair straighteners and cash.
A shoe print found at the scene matched the defendant's, the court heard.
Mr Reid said: "Mr Williams put word about to his network of friends for news and information. He received information that the defendant was involved. There were texts on a Blackberry that confirmed his involvement as well as another called Grant, who has not been traced."
Police recovered the TV and computer after two men were seen taking them to a house, the court heard.
Moore told police he had known the victim for a number of years, they had fallen out and he was sorry for his actions.
Farah Rashid, defending, said her client and the householder had fallen out and Moore lost his temper and threw a brick at the window.
She said: "He doesn't deny the burglary took place and the items were taken. Almost immediately he realised what he had done was wrong. He contacted mutual friends, saying this is what he had done and he shouldn't have. That is how the victim became aware of the defendant."
Miss Rashid said Moore was in the final year of a three-year painting and decorating course at the end of which was guaranteed work.