Man charged following thefts from cars in Gateshead

29 Jan 2016 12:53 PM

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David Stobbart, who is 35 and from Forth Street in Chopwell was arrested on January 27th suspicion of theft from motor vehicle by officers from the Gateshead Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team

The arrest followed a number of reports of cars being broken into in the Chopwell, Blackhall Mill, High Spen and Rowland Gill areas over the last couple of months.

Enquiries were carried out and a search of Stobbart's home address led to police recovering a number of stolen items including a Paslode nail gun, medical equipment, personal documents and a Makita drill.

After enquiries Stobbart was charged with four counts of handling stolen goods and one count of possession of cannabis.

On Thursday, January 28, he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.

He was also given an electronically monitored curfew and must reside at his address between 7pm and 7am every day.

Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: "Make sure you lock your cars as an open or unlocked car is like an invitation to criminals. Remove all valuables from inside, especially overnight, and keep an eye out for anyone who looks suspicious and who is hanging around parked cars. Report this type of behaviour to us and we'll take action."