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Burglaries, police chases and escapes – a prolific offender’s ‘constellation of offences’ – Gazette Live

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A ruinous crack cocaine habit was the motivation behind Colin Fryett’s “constellation of offences”.

The 32-year-old offender – described in court as an otherwise pleasant and mature young man – burgled homes across Teesside and beyond.

Teesside Crown Court heard the catalogue of crimes committed by Fryett to fund his use of the Class A drug.

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They started with the burglary of two homes in Guisborough on January 5 last year.

Colin Fryett
Colin Fryett

He sneaked in through the front door of the first house on Rufford Close, Guisborough, went upstairs, searched drawers while the householders, including a retired man, watched television.

He stole eight war medals belonging to the retired resident’s father, along with cufflinks of sentimental value, four watches, a running medal, holiday money, cash, a debit card and house deeds.

The war medals were recovered two days later, but the victim said nothing like that happened to him for more than 20 years and the burglary unsettled him and his partner, leading to sleep problems.

 

Fryett and another burglar stole keys for two cars and house keys from a retired man’s home on Montagu’s Harrier on the same night.

The two cars were taken – first a VW Golf containing hundreds of pounds worth of possessions, then three people stole the Seat Ibiza hours later.

The next day, Fryett burgled a home on Overdale Close, Redcar and took the keys to a BMW 320 and an Audi A3, leaving the owner “devastated”.

Four burglaries in one 24-hour period

The cars were spotted travelling “in convoy” on Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough leading to a terrifying high-speed chase.

The BMW sped across grass verges and into oncoming traffic, hitting a taxi. Its driver, Dominic Stewart, 36, was jailed for three years and 10 months for burglary, theft and dangerous driving in March last year.

The Audi was found where Fryett abandoned it. A phone found near the accelerator pedal was later traced to him.

Fryett’s crime spree continued weeks later with four burglaries in one 24-hour period on February 14 to 15.

The first, a home on Hillbrook Crescent, Ingleby Barwick where he pinched the keys to a £13,000 Alfa Romeo from the occupied house.

This left the householder scared, unable to sleep and concerned about leaving her home.

‘Come anywhere near me and I’ll stab you’

He burgled a home on Crestwood, Redcar and stole a retired man’s £16,000 Mercedes from the locked home. The car was recovered.

There followed the burglary of a home on Walton Avenue, Tollesby, Middlesbrough with the theft of an Audi Q3.

And at about 7am, the burglary of a home on Emerson Avenue, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough.

 

The householder awoke to banging from his garage, caught Fryett stealing a £1,000 mountain bike and a bag of tools, chased him and challenged him.

Fryett threatened “come anywhere near me and I’ll stab you” and escaped, leaving £550 damage to the garage door.

He was later caught hiding under a bed in a home on Grassington Road, Beechwood, Middlesbrough where police found the stolen bike along with property from other “two-in-one” burglaries.

Spate of nine offences with three stolen vehicles

On June 6 an elderly couple’s home was invaded on Stokesley Road, Guisborough.

One of the householders heard the door open and shut and thought it was her husband, only to find he was watching cricket in the kitchen.

An off-duty police officer spotted Fryett running off. He tried to hide from officers with a dog but came quietly when challenged.

Four days later Fryett tried to burgle an outbuilding on the same road, forcing open the doors but taking nothing.

A spate of nine offences followed on August 12 to 13 with the theft of a Ford Transit Tipper, a quad bike and a moped.

The banned motorist drove dangerously in the Tipper works van, stolen from Whitby, hitting a police vehicle and other cars, avoiding stingers and driving the wrong way down the A174.

Colin Fryett on the roof of a house Turnbull Way in Scholars Rise in Middlesbrough
Colin Fryett on the roof of a house Turnbull Way in Scholars Rise in Middlesbrough

He stopped and fled on to a rooftop in Marton, Middlesbrough then, after he was talked down and arrested, escaped from Scarborough General Hospital where he was being treated under escort for a hand wound.

He stole the £2,000 to £3,000 quad bike from a farm house garage in Suffield, Scarborough, and was spotted speeding on it without a helmet on the A171. He later abandoned it.

He also stole the £1,250 moped from a farm at Robin Hood’s Bay. The moped was abandoned in Middlesbrough.

Vehicles worth £86,000 stolen

He burgled a home on Roebuck Close, Ingleby Barwick and stole a £30,000 VW Transporter and a £56,000 Volvo XC90 while the householder slept in the early hours of August 18.

The vehicles were traced to a pub in Stainton. Their owner was left £3,000 out of pocket.

The next day, Fryett was spotted leaving a £27,000 VW Golf which had been stolen from a home on Croft Avenue, Middlesbrough that morning.

He was arrested in another vehicle associated with crime.

Now he has started a prison sentence of six years and nine months.

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