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Burglars await sentence for £8,000 raid on Carlisle city centre jewellery store

Carlisle Crown Court

[T]WO burglars who carried out an £8,000 raid on a Carlisle jewellery store are set to be sentenced next month.

One of them, 28-year-old Christopher O’Neil, appeared at the city’s crown court earlier today (FRI).

O’Neil admitted one charge of burglary arising out of an incident at the Peter Fletcher market hall shop on February 1. This states that having entered part of the building as a trespasser, he stole “a tub of miscellaneous gold pieces and a Rolex watch”.

The haul is said by the prosecution to be valued at £8,000.

O’Neil also pleaded guilty to driving a BMW vehicle, on the A69 near Haydon Bridge the following day, while disqualified or not holding a licence.

A second person, 27-year-old Stephanie Gregan, admitted the burglary charge at a previous court hearing.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case of O’Neil, from Bridge End, Egremont, until May 31.

Judge Adkin noted that pre-sentence reports would be prepared on O’Neil and Gregan, of Brabourne Street, South Shields in due course before punishment is passed.

Remanding O’Neil in custody, the judge told him: “All (sentencing) options will be open to whoever it is who sentences you.”

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