Four men have been convicted following the attempted break-in on April 28 in Sunderland city centre
Two raiders are beginning a spell behind bars following a botched lockdown burglary – which saw cops swoop on them within minutes.
Jonathan Hughes and Graham Liddle have both been jailed for their roles in the attempted burglary in Sunderland city centre on April 28.
The pair – along with two other accomplices who have also been convicted – tried to break into a mobile phone shop on Waterloo Place at about 11.30pm, but reluctantly made off empty-handed.
However, after their deception was spotted on the city’s CCTV cameras, police were called – who swiftly arrived and found a pair of bolt croppers at the scene.
A quick search of the local area resulted in officers locating the quartet who roused suspicion, and they were subsequently arrested and taken into custody.
Hughes, 35, Liddle, 50, Grant McCormack, 35, and Kevin Marrs, 33, all denied attempted burglary but were convicted following a trial at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on June 23.
Last week (July 1), they were back in the dock as magistrates in South Tyneside sentenced both Hughes, of Tadcaster Road, Sunderland, and Liddle, of Downham Court, South Shields, to 18 weeks imprisonment.
McCormack, of Ashfield Court, Sunderland, also admitted two further attempted burglaries in the city on June 5 and received a 38-week sentence suspended for one year.
Marrs, of Oxford Street, Sunderland, was handed an 18-week jail term which was also suspended for one year.
Following the hearing, Detective Constable Neil Swainston, of Northumbria Police, said: “The last few months have been an uncertain time for many business owners, some of whom will no doubt have been concerned about the security of their premises while in isolation.
“Nothing was stolen in this particular case, but officers got to the scene quickly and located vital evidence before searching the area and locating the four suspects.
“This case highlights how we are committed to acting quickly and decisively whenever suspicious behaviour is reported to us and some fantastic teamwork between officers allowed us to secure this swift conviction.
“We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and we will continue to put thieves before the courts.”
All four defendants were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.