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Teenager wore stolen top hat and scarf while causing damage in banks

A Peterborough teenager wore a top hat and scarf he’d taken during a burglary when he deliberately caused damage at three city centre banks and building societies.
Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Abdulrahman Al-Maghloub is due to be sentenced today (Tuesday September 28) for burgling a Bretton daycare centre plus four counts of criminal damage.

He was arrested for causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage to automatic doors at branches of Nationwide, Halifax and TSB in Long Causeway on February 7, 2021, and a barrier belonging to Skanska on the previous day.

Al-Maghloub was already scheduled to appear before the city’s crown court today for sentencing on more serious matters and all offences will be dealt with together.

The 19-year-old, of no fixed address, appeared before city magistrates yesterday via video link from HMP Peterborough where he is on remand.

The court was told that he forced a double door to break into the daycare centre for the elderly at The Cresset between February 5 and 7, 2021.

Prosecutor Paul Brown said: “He stayed one night and he took some clothes including a black top hat and ladies’ scarf.

“The manager of the daycare centre only noticed something was amiss on February 7. Some food items had been eaten and an internal office door window had been smashed.

“Items had been scattered around and a computer had been used to play some Arabic music. In fact it was on YouTube, which had been paused.”

Mr Brown said Al-Maghloub was wearing the top hat and scarf when he caused the damage to three automatic doors with a wooden stick and metal pole. Charges of possessing weapons relating to those items were withdrawn.

Solicitor Roy James, for Al-Maghloub, said the criminal damage offences were not connected to the burglary and could be sentenced in the magistrates’ court.

However, the bench sent the matters to the crown court for sentencing and remanded Al-Maghloub into custody.