The teenager, who may not be named for legal reasons, appeared with 23-year-old Matthew Bendell and 22-year-old Paul Derrien.
Bendell was jailed for three years, the 16-year-old was placed in youth detention for nine months and Derrien was ordered to complete 120 hours of community service.Crown Advocate Conrad Yates said that the trio borrowed a van and drove to a residential area of Chemin du Moulin, St Ouen, on 29 June.
As the boy – who had a string of previous offences – kept watch, Derrien and Bendell went to the first property and stole a box of champagne worth £72 from a garage.At the second property Bendell leaned through a window and opened a door, allowing himself in.
The owner of the property awoke and saw some flashing coming from downstairs, added Advocate Yates.’She went into the living room and switched on the light as she called her husband,’ he said.
‘Bendell was stood in front of her and ran past her, through some patio doors and escaped across a field with the teenage boy.’Derrien drove the van around to pick them up.A police patrol car stopped the van after hearing of the break-in and arrested the three males.
Advocate Yates said that the Crown wished for Bendell to be jailed for three years and the 16-year-old for one year and Derrien, who was the van driver, to complete 180 hours’ community service.Advocate James Bell said that Bendell admitted the offences but added that he had had an unstable upbringing and had been living in sheltered accommodation after leaving the children’s home where he grew up.