Bungling burglar, thirsty thief and sleepy crook among those jailed for a total of more than 50 years so far in 2021
11 May | 10:22

A tired thief who fell asleep at the crime scene, a crook caught urinating in the street and an intruder who left behind his beer can are among hundreds of burglars jailed in 2021.

Northumbria Police have today released figures that show more than 200 suspected burglars have been arrested in the first four months of the year.

A huge number of those suspects are awaiting a court appearance and could face a lengthy stretch behind bars.

And the Force’s teams of specialist burglar hunters have also revealed that so far in 2021 burglars have been jailed for a total of 54 years in prison in 2021.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean McGuigan, burglary lead at Northumbria Police, praised the work of specialist teams tasked with putting thieves behind bars.

He said: “The pandemic has been a challenging time for all of our communities but we have remained committed to put those who seek to do harm before the courts.

“We have faced our own challenges but our dedicated teams of burglary hunters have carried out some phenomenal investigative work throughout lockdown.

“We know that 2021 will continue to pose its own challenges but I am delighted that we have already arrested hundreds of thieves in the last four months.

“Dozens more have been placed behind bars and some of the most prolific burglars and thieves in our region have been taken off the streets.

“There has been some truly phenomenal investigative work in recent months which has taken some of our most prolific burglars and thieves off our streets.

“Your home should be your safe haven, and we will do everything we can to secure convictions and offer you as much reassurance as possible.”

Among those jailed was Stephen Ambler who stole a car from a property in Houghton-le-Spring but stopped for the toilet as he made his getaway.

He pulled over and urinated in the street but was captured in the act by CCTV. The 42-year-old, of no fixed abode, was jailed for five years.

Antoni Adams, 33, was also jailed for two years earlier this year after swigging a can of beer during a raid in Sunderland – before leaving it on the kitchen bench.

Northumbria Police forensic officers recovered his DNA from the can of Fosters and Adams, of Warwick Terrace, Sunderland, was put behind bars.

And Marius Petrikas can also add his name to the list of bungling burglars who were caught red handed when he raided a Newcastle city centre pub.

The 30-year-old, of Ashley Close, Killingworth, was jailed for a year after forcing his way into the City Tavern – and falling asleep at the scene of the crime.

Dedicated burglary teams based at Middle Engine Lane, Etal Lane and Southwick Police Stations are tasked with assessing every break-in across the region.

They look to establish patterns of behaviour, monitor known offenders and ultimately ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

Det Chief Insp McGuigan added: “We need the public to be vigilant and take a few extra steps to help reduce the risk of them becoming a victim of crime.

“Please lock your doors and windows, keep your cars locked, and make sure any valuables are kept out of sight.

“By working together, we can reduce burglary offences while ensuring anybody who looks to bring misery to others is dealt with swiftly and robustly.”

If you see anything suspicious in your neighbourhood, report it to police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101.

In an emergency, where there is an immediate risk to person or property, always ring 999.

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