Newcastle burglar jailed
15 Feb 2016 08:45 AM[View Full Size]
Paul Nicholson has been jailed for almost two and a half years for burgling homes in Newcastle.
Between June and December, 2015, a number of homes across the Chapel Park, North Walbottle, South Denton, East Denton, Slateyford and Lemington areas were burgled with the burglar getting into the properties by smashing the rear patio door.
Thousands of pounds of items were stolen including games consoles, money, jewellery, mobile phones, clothing and tablets.
On December 18, 2015, Paul Nicholson, who is 22 and from Denton Road in Denton, was arrested in connection with the series.
After an investigation he was charged with two counts of burglary and on Monday, February 8, Nicholson appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to serve 29 months in jail.
Although only charged with two offences Nicholson admitted to committing another 16 burglaries and these were taken into consideration by the judge when passing sentence.
Central Area Command Chief Inspector Steve Ammari said: "Nicholson predominantly targeted homes during the day while people were out at work. He'd use objects to smash the patio doors before getting inside the houses and burgling them.
"He is a sneaky and opportunistic burglar often skulking around the backs of houses and streets looking for homes that were empty where he could smash his way inside.
"Nicholson caused a lot of concern for a lot of people, and I only hope that the large number of victims that he left in his wake feel that justice has been done knowing that he will now be behind bars for the foreseeable future.
"Central burglary team did a great job in identifying Nicholson as the man responsible for the series of offences and it's thanks to their hard work and determination that another prolific burglar is off the streets of Newcastle."