Teen burglar who stole dog gets suspended custody

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A teenage burglar with an “appalling” criminal record has been given a suspended sentence after he stole property, including a Husky dog, from a house in Halifax.

Connor Gray, 18, was later found with the dog by police investigating the day-time break-in at a house on Shay Lane in October.

Gray, of Keighley Road, Ovenden, told police the dog, which was returned to its owner, had been given to him by someone else but prosecutor Jayne Beckett said the defendant’s footwear appeared to match marks left at the scene of the house burglary.

At Bradford Crown Court, Gray was sentenced to a total of 12 months in a young offender institution after he admitted the house burglary charge and an offence of attempted burglary at a Halifax cafe in August.

But Judge David Hatton QC decided that the custodial sentence should be suspended a year and ordered Gray to take part in an activity programme and do 120 hours unpaid work for the community.

At the time of the house burglary Gray was already on bail for the attack on the cafe and Judge Hatton described the teenager’s list of previous convictions as appalling.

But Gray had spent eight weeks in custody on remand awaiting his sentence and the judge noted that he hadn’t liked it very much.

Gray’s lawyer Anne-Marie Hutton said he would have no one to blame but himself if he breached the suspended sentence and was sent back into custody.

She said the teenager intended to go back to college.