Two teenage boys who broke into a house in Devizes, stole a car and proceeded to crash it into a house have pleaded guilty to burglary.

The two 16-year-olds, who cannot be named due to their age, have both been sentenced to a two-year Youth Referral Order and will have to wear an electronic tag for six months.

The incident happened at around 3.20am on Wednesday morning when reports were made to the police of a vehicle being stolen.

“Departments worked together to enable the swift arrest of the offenders who had burgled the victim's property, stealing his car keys and his car, driving it dangerously before crashing into a nearby property causing damage,” said CCI Bianca Ledbury from Wiltshire Police’s Burglary Unit.

"This could have been a very different story had it been a different time of day. Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident."

Appearing at Swindon Youth Court on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, one 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty to burglary and the other boy to burglary, dangerous driving and driving without a license or insurance.

As well as facing a two-year Youth Referral Order, an electronic tag for six months, a curfew for three months and two years of supervision, both boys have also been ordered to pay £450 each to the victim.

"These offenders are prolific and have caused widespread disruption in their local area,” added CCI Ledbury.

"The victim and property owner will still remain out of pocket despite the compensation imposed."