A burglar was caught red-handed with fragrance bottles in his jacket and a laptop down his trousers after raiding a house in South Shields.
Police had been referred to as to an tackle on Marshall Wallis Road at about 11.40pm on December 9 following a report of a housebreaking.
The occupants had been within the kitchen after they heard a bang and observed Lucas Oliver stood of their hallway.
Oliver initially claimed he was confused and thought it was his home, however the victims quickly noticed cash had been swiped from a handbag and a laptop taken from upstairs.
The owners then cornered the 21-year-old criminal till police arrived and it was solely a matter of time earlier than officers discovered numerous stolen objects that had been hid on him.
It transpired that Oliver had slid the stolen laptop down the entrance of his trousers, whereas fragrance bottles and a bottle of mustard oil had been hid in his jacket sleeves.
Oliver, of no fastened abode, admitted housebreaking when he appeared earlier than magistrates in South Tyneside on Tuesday together with a string of unrelated driving offences.
Without a licence, Oliver was pulled over by police after he had taken his girlfriend’s automobile with out consent and was discovered to be twice above the authorized alcohol restrict.
Detective Sergeant Chris Raper-Smith, of Northumbria Police, stated: “Burglary is such an intrusive crime and the consequences of this criminality can’t solely have a long-lasting impact on the sufferer, however the wider neighborhood as an entire.
“Nobody needs to be made to really feel anxious or frightened in their very own dwelling, so it is crucial that burglars resembling Oliver are rightly convicted and delivered to justice.
“I want to reward the owners on this event for his or her bravery and swift reactions after discovering an intruder of their dwelling. They remained calm and rapidly alerted us – and we had been then in a position to place him underneath arrest and seize quite a few objects that he had tried to hide on his physique.
“We make no apology for our sturdy stance in direction of tackling burglars and thieves, and would all the time encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to report it to police.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, added: “Having your house burgled is a very distressing expertise for anybody.
“No-one ought to ever really feel violated and unsafe in their very own dwelling and I’m sorry for the victims who had been put by this.
“It’s solely proper that native folks desire a robust, fast response to housebreaking and that is precisely what the victims right here bought from Northumbria Police.
“Tackling native burglaries is one thing the Force takes very significantly and I’ll guarantee that work to forestall and combat one of these crime will proceed to be excessive on the agenda.”
Oliver pleaded responsible to housebreaking, driving above the authorized alcohol restrict, having no licence, no insurance coverage, taking a motorcar with out consent and possessing a Class B drug.
He is because of be sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on February 1.