A STANFORD teen found that trying to burgle houses using a fishing rod landed him a day in court.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was among a gang of three that broke into two houses in West Horndon on the 25th October last year.
The court heard that the youth acted as lookout while an adult put a fishing rod through the letter box and attempted to “fish for keys”.
The three had no success at that address but did land a catch down the road, where they broke in and stole £4,400 worth of jewellery.
Chair of magistrates, Paul Brandis heard that the youth had had troubles at home, had moved out to live with his grand-father (who accompanied him to court) and was about to move schools.
The youth was given a nine month referral order.
The whereabouts of the £4,400 worth of jewellery was not mentioned in court.