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Duo admit burglary and dangerous driving charges following arrest in Barnstaple

By This is NorthDevon  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

Exeter Crown Court

A pair of drifters have admitted a string of burglaries after being arrested in a police chase in Barnstaple.

Paul Gregory and Matthew Pitt have been warned they face jail after they came to the Westcountry from their homes in the Midlands and committed a series of offences.

The pair raided the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, and stole a sat nav from a car in St Merryn, near Bodmin, before moving on to North Devon.

They were arrested after Pitt was caught driving dangerously in North Walk and Mermaid Close in Barnstaple on February 18 this year.

Both men were remanded in custody by Judge Francis Gilbert at Exeter Crown Court after admitting offences which dated from the three days before their arrest.

Gregory, 36, of Waggon Walk, Birmingham, and Pitt, 41, of no fixed address, admitted burglary of a laptop computer, cash box and cash worth £1581.28 from the accounts office at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel and two sat navs worth £799 at St Merryn, Cornwall.

Pitt also admitted dangerous driving in North Walk and Mermaid Close, Barnstaple, driving while disqualified and possessing heroin and cannabis class.

He asked for an offence of taking a car without consent to be considered and Gregory asked for two other burglaries to be considered.

Both will be sentenced on May 16 and were warned they are likely to face custody by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.

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