Teens – aged 14, 15 and 16 – burgled Wiltshire village property three times

THREE teenagers – aged 14, 15 and 16 at the time – have admitted aggravated burglary in a Wiltshire village.

The trio targeted a property in Fisherton de la Mere, near Warminster, on three occasions, starting on December 11 last year.

The first occasion saw two teens steal a BMW.

On December 23, the pair returned with a 14-year-old (now 15), and broke into the garage stealing a Makita hedge trimmer, golf clubs, a chainsaw, charging equipment and wellies.

Then, on December 27, the trio broke into the house again, and carried out an aggravated burglary, stealing an Audi.

They appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty to burglary, two counts of theft, aggravated burglary and having a firearm with intent.

A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, aggravated burglary, and having a firearm with intent.

Another 15-year-old boy, who was 14 at the time, has pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, having a firearm with intent, dangerous driving, having a bladed article in a public place and possession of cannabis.

All three have been released on bail and are due to be sentenced on March 15.

PC Jack Williams, from the Burglary and Serious Youth Gang Violence Team, said: “This was a harrowing incident which saw three teenagers armed with weapons force their way into a home, threaten the occupants with weapons and rob one of them.

“The group targeted this house not once, but three times over a short period. It is this kind of situation which can have a long-lasting impact on the victim and affect their sense of security and privacy in their own home, a place where they should feel completely safe.

“We take burglaries incredibly seriously. In line with our Force priority of reducing the number of burglaries across Wiltshire, we have a dedicated Burglary unit whose role it is to ensure that burglars are brought to justice before the courts.

“If you have been the victim of a burglary or if you have any information on burglaries, please do not hesitate to contact us either on 101 or through our website.

“If a crime is in progress, always call 999.”