Musical instruments taken

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A TROMBONE, a saxophone and a banjo were among £10,000 worth of items stolen from a home in Frithville, magistrates heard last week.

Zippo lighters, 12 bottles of Bells whiskey, 12 bottles of wine and some smaller bottles of alcohol were also taken from the home in Main Road when it was burgled by Piotr Ogonowski on July 7.

The 29-year-old admitted the crime when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said the owner of the house had left it secure when he left in the morning, but came back to find the patio door smashed and a large amount of items stolen from the property. Ogonowski was tracked down after a drop of his blood was found on the scene. He told police another man had been involved, but he has not been found.

Mr Paulson added that the house had been broken into several times before. Reading from a statement by the victim, he said: “I have been subjected to numerous acts of theft and damage to my property over the last 25 years and this event has forced me to relive emotional turmoil.”

He suggested the case should be sent to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing. Magistrates agreed the matter was beyond their powers.

Sacha Waxman, defending, said Ogonowski, of Argyle Street, Boston, had made ‘proactive efforts’ to find the man who joined him in the burglary, and he would continue to do so before he was sentenced at crown court.

Until then, he has been told he must live and sleep at his home address every night and report to Boston Police Station twice a week.