THREE Carlisle burglars who admitted a raft of offences were told by a judge that jail terms are “highly probable”.

Tyler Nunn, 21, Tjay Brian O’Neil, 27, and 25-year-old Dean Antony Smith entered guilty pleas to a range of offences when they appeared at the city’s crown court yesterday.

Nunn admitted offering to supply both cocaine and cannabis between September 1 and 30.

He also admitted burgling Linton Tweeds, Shaddongate, Carlisle, on September 27 and stealing items, including jewellery; and the attempted burglary of a fish and chip shop in Scotch Street in the city centre on September 21.

O’Neil and Smith each admitted burgling Vaseys furniture store, Lancaster Street, and stealing two jackets containing personal belongings, on October 2.

In addition they pleaded guilty to a fraud offence involving a bank card belonging to another man that day.

Both O’Neil and Smith also admitted a theft at the Walkabout bar, off Botchergate, on September 28, and causing damage to a gaming machine on that date.

O’Neil further admitted the July 4 burglary of a dwelling at Barrock Street in Carlisle - a crime he had previously denied.

Recorder Kevin Grice adjourned the case. All three defendants are due to be sentenced at the crown court on December 3, and each was remanded in custody in the meantime.

O’Neil was said in court to be a “three-strike” burglar. This means he has at least three previous home break-in convictions on his criminal record, which triggers a minimum three-year jail term.

Recorder Grice asked for background reports to be prepared by the probation service on both Nunn and Smith.

He told the trio, all of John Street, Carlisle: “It is highly probable that custodial sentences will be passed on all of you.”

Cumbria Police publicly announced early last month that the three defendants had been arrested and charged.

“The charges follow inquiries into a number of burglaries in recent weeks at businesses including bars and shops,” a spokesman said.