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Gateshead burglar now behind bars

28 Jan 2016 09:16 AM

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A Gateshead man has been jailed after being found guilty of burglary and fraud.

Sean Vincent Boyle, who is 38 and from Pottersway in Gateshead, was charged with four counts of fraud and making a false representation, two counts of burglary dwelling and one count of attempt burglary.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on January 19 and was sentenced to 29 months for the offences.

The fraud offences involved Boyle pretending to be a window cleaner and trying to take money from residents in the Gateshead area. On a number of occasions he was found trying door handles and looking into peoples' homes.

The burglaries were to homes also in the Gateshead area where Boyle stole items including a laptop computer and a mobile phone.

Chief Inspector Steve Ammari said: "It's a great relief for residents in Gateshead that Boyle is now behind bars. He targeted residents trying to dupe them into thinking he was a window cleaner and pressuring them into handing over money. He also used the same lie when confronted when he was checking peoples' door handles and windows. Thankfully people saw through this deceit and contacted the police.

"After some great work by Gateshead Neighbourhood officers, 24/7 staff and the Central Area Command burglary team Boyle was arrested, charged and is now beginning a lengthy jail sentence.

"We work closely with residents in Gateshead to protect their homes and this case should act as a reminder to all residents that if they see something, or someone, suspicious in their neighbourhood then they should ring us and report it - you could be stopping a crime from taking place."