Steven Crombie, 40, and Brandon Miah, 20, were jailed on Friday after admitting a burglary conspiracy across Sunderland, South Tyneside & County Durham
Police who uncovered a £170,000 burglary conspiracy in Sunderland and South Tyneside have released pictures of a haul of suspected stolen goods seized during the investigation.
Last week (May 10), Steven Crombie, 40, was jailed for seven years and two months after admitting carrying out a string of burglaries and car-related crimes across the North-east.
Thousands of valuable and sentimental items were stolen from victims last year, in properties across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.
Both Crombie and 20-year-old associate Brandon Meah, who was jailed for three years and seven months, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.
Crombie’s girlfriend Cheryl Robinson, 41, was sentenced to 22 months behind bars for handling stolen goods, while his brother-in-law Keith Patterson, 49, was handed a 11-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, for acquiring and possessing criminal property.
Meah’s partner Laura Churchill, 20, received an 11-month jail-term, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to assisting an offender.
Today, officers who worked on the case have released pictures showing hundreds of suspected stolen items – including jewellery, tools and a signed boxing glove – which were seized during the 14-month investigation.
The items were found in Crombie’s home address in Hampstead Square, Sunderland, as well as at a garage in Witherwack and a storage unit on Colima Avenue which had been opened by Robinson.
Officers are now asking members of the public who recognise any of the items and believe they might belong to them to get in touch.
PC Graeme Rockett, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a large-scale investigation that saw Crombie steal a huge amount of items from a number of victims across the North-East.
“In total, taking into account the damage to property and items stolen, his criminality equated to a loss of more than £170,000 for his victims.
“Thankfully, we have seized a number of goods believed to have been stolen during his various burglaries and car-related thefts. Now we are eager to ensure they are returned to their rightful owners.
“Some of the items are fairly distinctive, and I’m sure others hold huge sentimental value to victims. So we are releasing pictures of the items today in the hope of making sure they are rightly returned.”
Police have also issued a fresh appeal to find a decorative urn containing the ashes of the victim’s deceased father that was stolen from a house on Success Road, Houghton-le-Spring.
“The victim recently lost her mother too, so is desperate to reunite her mum and dad’s ashes,” PC Rockett added.
“If anyone knows where the urn is, please get in touch – or drop it off anonymously at Southwick Police Station.”
Anyone who thinks any of the suspected stolen items belong to them is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101.