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Burglar 'tried to find' lost box owner

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

A BURGLAR who slept the night in a Penzance bus station ticket office because he had nowhere else to go decided to turn detective when he found a lost property box there, a court heard.

At Truro Magistrates' Court his solicitor, Martin Pearce, said Terence Mitchell had thought if he could find the owners of the property inside it they might be prepared to give him a reward.

Mitchell, aged 32, who was homeless in Penzance at the time and now lives in Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to burglary and a bail offence. He had previous convictions.

Ron Butler, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the burglary occurred about midnight on July 15 when the till inside the First Bus ticket office had been knocked to the floor and the lost property box stolen.

Mitchell, unemployed, was said to be doing work in a local charity shop.

He was given an 18-week prison sentence suspended for a year.

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