A TEENAGER who used a chair to climb into the window of a Ferring home was forced to abandon his plans to steal from the house when an alarm went off.
Carl Prior, 18, was part of a group of four who decided to burgle the home, in Sea Lane, Ferring, at around noon on November 1, when they noticed a bedroom window open there.
At Worthing Magistrates’ Court, it was heard Prior’s friends used a chair and helped him into the bedroom window of the property, thinking he would be able to let them in through the front door.
But prosecutor Linda Arnell said the home’s alarm was set off by Prior, of Congreve Road, Worthing, when he walked onto the landing, causing him and his group to abandon their plans.
Mrs Arnell said: “At 12.38pm the victims had a message saying their alarm was activated in the upstairs landing, which was heard by the neighbours.
“The matters were then reported to the police.”
Police later arrested Prior, who admitted he and his group had been intending to steal from the property.
Nothing was taken during the burglary and no criminal damage was caused, the court heard.
Prior pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal.
He was sentenced to a six-month community order, which includes an eight-week curfew between 6pm and 6am to be monitored by an electronic tag. He was also ordered to pay costs of £40.