A TEENAGER hid in a bin from police during a spate of petty crimes.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, broke into a bed shop to have a party, hid stolen marker pens down his pants and escaped from a police van – all within a two-month period.
Last November, he and three others broke into Euro Leather Beds, on Bradford Road, in what was described by prosecutor Anzal Hussain as ‘a party of sorts’. Police found graffiti, cigarette butts and empty bottles of alcohol in the factory. Tools and furniture worth £4,500 had either been damaged or stolen.
The 16-year-old, from Batley, was linked to a stolen chair by his fingerprints and admitted he had caused some of the damage with a knife.
On November 12, the teen tried to steal food worth £8.72 from the Shell garage on Bradford Road at around 11.45pm. CCTV showed the youth concealing the items in his clothing before being confronted by the cashier.
Later that month he was arrested again for being drunk and disorderly in the early hours of the morning near Asda in Dewsbury.
Then on December 28, the teen was picked up by police after a dog walker reported seeing him committing an indecent act in Dewsbury.
Officers placed him in the police van but did not handcuff him, and as the van pulled into Dewsbury police station he opened the doors and ran off.
Police found him hiding in a wheeled bin half a mile away.
On New Year’s Eve, the youth went with a friend to the Dewsbury Asda store and stole three games and a packet of marker pens. He was seen by both a store detective and CCTV cameras and admitted he had the items down his pants.
He returned to the store on the morning of January 11 and stole a bottle of the drink Sidekick worth £5.50.
The teen admitted to six offences – burglary, being drunk and disorderly, attempted theft, escaping from police custody and two counts of theft from a shop, at Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates Court month.
On Tuesday he was given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order and a two-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO), with a three-month 7am to 7pm curfew.
Mitigating, Frank Joyce said the teen knew he needed to start a new life for himself to avoid prison.