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Burglar told he's transformed family's life 'for the worse'

Tue, 19 Jan 2016

Anthony Collis was caught on internal CCTV
Anthony Collis was caught on internal CCTV

"I hate what you've done to our life" - that's what an opportunistic teenage burglar was told last week as he escaped prison.

18-year-old Anthony Collis was caught on CCTV burgling a house in Willaston on October 19th last year - he'd entered the property through a window which had been left open for the cat.

The internal footage, which went viral on social media, showed Collis stealing cash and cigarettes whilst a mother and her 11-year-old son slept upstairs - he later handed himself into police. 

During sentencing the court heard how Collis had been in "financial difficulties" after losing his wallet containing his benefits - his advocate said he was "ashamed of his actions".

A victim impact statement was read out in which the homeowner told Collis she felt she'd failed to protect her son and no longer sleeps properly, adding "our home is not a safe place anymore".

Sentencing him to a Combination Order - which is a mix of probation and community service - Deemster Montgomerie told him his actions had transformed the family's life "for the worse".

He told Collis the order was "far from a soft option" adding "it will give you the chance to turn your life around".

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