A serial burglar has been handed a five-year jail sentence after targeting a student house and a North Tyneside property.
Darren Davidson, 45, raided the student accommodation last November, making off with an Apple Mac loaded with vital coursework and jewellery.
And just four days later he targeted a home in Monkseaton while the owner was out.
But neighbours spotted him acting suspiciously in the area – looking through windows and knocking on doors asking for jump leads.
Police were called and a PCSO located Davidson lurking in the garden of a property on the same street. Davidson claimed he was doing some work but became agitated and was subsequently arrested.
While searching a neighbouring property, police discovered bags overflowing with goods such as GHD straighteners, a laptop, perfume, ornaments and a jacket.
And during an inspection of Davidson’s home address, officers discovered a string of stolen property – including the student’s laptop.
Davidson, now of no fixed address, admitted two charges of burglary, possession of a bladed article and two offences of handling stolen goods.
On Monday (May 4), a judge at Newcastle Crown Court jailed him for five years.
Detective Constable Chris Forster, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Neighbours were right to raise the alarm and this is a great example of how the local community can play an important role as our eyes and ears.
"By calling in, the resident allowed us to retrieve many of the stolen goods and bring Davidson to justice.
“Davidson is now facing a lengthy spell behind bars and this hopefully sends a strong message to those who think they can get away with breaking the law – you will be pursued, you will be caught and you will be dealt with robustly.”
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You should always call 999 in an emergency or if you are witnessing a crime in action.