South Shields thief who carried out spate of burglaries arrested and convicted within 72 hours

A thief who dedicated a spate of break-ins now faces jail after being arrested, charged and convicted within 72 hours.

Thomas Knight, of no fastened abode, focused eight separate sheds, outbuildings and garages throughout South Shields throughout a two-day crime spree.

Knight carried out the primary seven burglaries within the Marina Drive and Salisbury Street areas of the city within the early hours of Monday, February 15.

Trusting their instincts and suspecting Knight might attempt his luck once more, officers arrange a plan within the early hours of final Tuesday, February 16 to catch him within the act.

Knight was noticed trespassing in a backyard of a house on Broughton Road and officers pounced, arriving on the scene within 4 minutes.

Despite the 20-year-old’s greatest efforts to make off on foot, officers caught up with him with the help of the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

Police went on to find two stolen bicycles that had been stashed exterior a property the place he was briefly residing on Beach Road.

Knight was later charged with two counts of housebreaking and six counts of tried housebreaking and appeared earlier than magistrates in South Tyneside on Thursday, February 18.

There he admitted all costs, which means the thief was recognized, detained and delivered to justice all within 72 hours.

Knight is because of seem earlier than magistrates in Sunderland on March 3 the place it is going to be decided whether or not he can be sentenced there or at Newcastle Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Chris Raper-Smith, who leads Northumbria Police’s Southern Burglary Team, mentioned: “This is a superb consequence for everybody involved.

“This conviction is the consequence of some excellent teamwork not solely between the assorted cops and detectives who labored on the case, but additionally NPAS, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and the courts.

“Burglary is an intrusive crime that we take very critically – so to have Knight recognized, within the cells and convicted within such a brief timeframe is an excellent effort by all our companions throughout the legal justice system.

“I’d additionally prefer to thank members of the general public who picked up the telephone and reported these incidents to us. As ever, you might be our eyes and ears locally and it’s as a result of of the detailed experiences on condition that we have been in a position to put a plan in place to catch the person accountable.

“I hope this swift consequence gives reassurance to our communities and reiterates that we are going to use each tactic at our disposal to sort out housebreaking and put these who deliver distress to our communities earlier than the courts.”

If you see something suspicious in your group, please report it to the police through the ‘Tell Us Something’ web page of the Northumbria Police web site or by calling 101.

In an emergency or if against the law is occurring, all the time ring 999.



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