Burglar entered hostel

A young burglar broke into a bedroom in New Plymouth Girls' High's accommodation hostel in the early hours looking for things to steal.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, 18-year-old Logan James Robinson pleaded guilty to the burglary at Scotlands Hostel on November 11, an earlier burglary of a neighbour's home and interfering with a motor vehicle.

The police summary outlines how Robinson was walking home at 2.10am after a night on the town and found an insecure door in one of the classroom blocks.

Disturbed by the sound of footsteps he ran off.

He moved on to Scotlands, walking around trying door handles on both buildings and vehicles.

He found an insecure bedroom window and managed to break in. A girl sleeping in a neighbouring cubicle woke to the noise and he climbed back out the same window and ran off.

Fingerprints led police to Robinson two weeks later. He admitted what he had done, saying he was looking for things like cellphones to steal to sell for money.

On an earlier occasion, at 12.10am on October 7, he walked over to a neighbouring house in Ambury Pl stealing cameras and beauty products from downstairs bedrooms while people were at home upstairs.

Robinson was convicted and remanded to February 25 for a pre- sentence report to be prepared.

His lawyer, Kylie Pascoe, asked for community detention to be investigated as a possible sentence to allow him to continue to work.

Taranaki Daily News