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Burglar hunters in South Tyneside start 2020 with a bang as two serial offenders are convicted of Jarrow raid
14 Jan | 12:00

The raiders will be sentenced later this year following an investigation by the Southern burglary team, based at Southwick Police Station

A team of burglar hunters have started 2020 with a bang after two serial offenders were convicted.

John Bothick, 43, and Colin Cram, 42, face a stretch behind bars after they both admitted burgling an address on Victoria Terrace, Jarrow, in October last year.

The pair pounced after walking past the property and spotting an expensive Scott Aspect mountain bike and various accessories in the garage.

They then helped themselves to the bike and related items, worth up to £1,000, before making off.

The victim became aware of the burglary after seeing his bike helmet lying discarded on the floor of the garage, and contacted police.

Both Bothick and Cram refused to cooperate with detectives upon arrest, but last week (January 8) pleaded guilty to burglary at Newcastle Crown Court with the weight of evidence against them overwhelming.

They are due to be sentenced in March.

Detective Constable Mick Boyd, who is part of Northumbria Police’s dedicated Southern burglary team in Sunderland and South Tyneside, said the pair’s conviction sends out a strong message to other would-be criminals and the community as a whole.

“Burglary is an appalling crime that sees offenders often bring misery to law-abiding members of our communities for purely selfish gains,” Det Con Boyd said.

“It is an intrusive crime that can have a long-lasting and adverse effect on not only victims, but their neighbours and the wider community. A home should be your safe haven – so we take these offences incredibly seriously.

“That’s why we have a dedicated Southern burglary team who review every raid that takes place across Sunderland and South Tyneside, target prolific offenders and monitor hotspots in a bid to prevent this type of crime from happening in the first place.

“In 2019, we saw some of our most prolific burglars locked up and handed significant custodial sentences – and we will look to do exactly the same again throughout 2020.

“Bothick and Cram are among those well-known to us after committing a number of burglary offences in recent years. Their conviction now means that they will be off the streets for the foreseeable future as a result of their selfish and unlawful actions.”

Bothick, of Robert Street, South Shields, and Cram, of Hedgeley Road, Hebburn, are due to be sentenced on March 2.

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