Burglars took Land Rover and whisky

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A Rugby man carried out two burglaries at houses in the town - one of them with a relative, who also drove off in a Land Rover from one of the addresses.

Michael Clusker, 22, of Wigston Road, Rugby, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court last week to two charges of burglary.

Appearing in court on his 21st birthday, Christopher Clusker, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to one burglary and taking a vehicle without consent.

The court heard that in mid-December Michael Clusker broke into a house in Sissinghurst Close, Rugby, and stole a laptop computer, a white gold ring and a bottle of whisky.

On New Year’s Day both Cluskers carried out a burglary at a house in Hillmorton Road, Rugby, from where they stole a television.

Christopher also drove off in a Land Rover Discovery from outside the house, but later abandoned it.

David Everett, for Michael, handed in a pre-sentence report from an earlier case, and said he was willing to be sentenced without a new report.

“He recognises he will receive a custodial sentence for these matters,” said Mr Everitt, who added that Michael Clusker took part in the first burglary with another man who has already been sentenced.

But Robert Hodgkinson, for Christopher, who he said had never received a custodial sentence, asked for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him.

Recorder Kevin Hegarty QC agreed, and adjourned for reports to be prepared on both defendants and granted them bail.

He warned: “That in no way pre-judged how the judge on the next occasion will sentence you.”