A BURGLAR who was seen trying to enter a building using a crowbar has pleaded guilty to a series of heists in St Leonards.
John McWhinnie, 46, unemployed, of Marline Road, St Leonards, admitted six offenses during his appearance before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 15 April.
The charges included one burglary with theft, one burglary with intent to steal and two counts of attempted burglary with intent to steal.
He also pleaded guilty to assaulting and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.
McWhinnie was arrested by officers responding to reports of burglaries at commercial properties in Battle Road, St Leonards, in the early hours of Wednesday April 14.
He had been detained by two members of the public after he was seen picking up a hammer, a tin can and a stereo from a charity shop.
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McWhinnie will be sentenced in court on May 13.
A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “He was also seen trying to enter a building using a crowbar, and damage was later seen at the property.
“He was arrested and questioned, before being charged and appearing in court. McWhinnie will be sentenced in court on May 13.
“The charges included one burglary with theft, one burglary with intent to steal and two counts of attempted burglary with intent to steal.”
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This notice was published: 2021-04-21 17:46:40