At around 10.50am on 11 February 2020, 21-year-old Rhys Curtis and his co-defendant, 19-year-old Max Plaister entered a house on Selsey Avenue, before waking the occupants – who were known to them.
The pair searched the house whilst making demands for property, and stole around £3,000 worth of jewellery and some trainers.
Curtis, of Mill Pond Road in Gosport, and Plaister, of no fixed abode, were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with the offence.
Both denied it initially, however Curtis pleaded guilty to burglary on Thursday 30 September this year.
In a separate incident, police were called at around 11pm on Thursday 5 November 2020, after a Ford Fiesta being driven by Curtis collided with a BMW, a Vauxhall Astra and subsequently a house on Varos Close.
The collision resulted in significant structural damage to the property.
Curtis then got out of the car and ran from the scene.
- Three counts of criminal damage
- Driver of a vehicle failing to stop after an accident
- Driver of a vehicle involved in a road accident and failing to report that accident
- Driving whilst under the influence of cannabis.
- Driving without a licence
- Driving without insurance
Plaister will be sentenced on 12 December.
PC Charlotte Pocock said: “These were all very serious offences, and I am pleased that both defendants have been convicted.
“Rhys Curtis’s behaviour in November 2020 resulted in an incredibly reckless incident which could have killed someone or left them seriously injured.
“The vehicles that were crashed into were written off, and there was a hole in the wall of the house, leaving the property with significant damage costing thousands of pounds to repair.
“The impact on the victims in this particular case has been life-changing.
“Too often people do not think of the consequences of getting behind the wheel of a car and driving illegally. I hope this case acts a reminder to everyone of the devastating impact that driving illegally can have.”