‘Third strike’ burglar foiled after stolen goods handler ‘did the right thing’ – Gazette Live
A burglar who invaded his neighbour’s home was caught after the man who helped sell the stolen goods felt guilty and did “the right thing”.
“Third strike” burglar Dwayne Ryan, 25, stole belongings including jewellery from a home while the householder took her children to school and went to work.
Then he tried to pawn the possessions in town, but did not have the right identification on him, Teesside Crown Court heard.
So he enlisted the help of Ian Parker, 29, who lived on the same street as the burglar and victim on Miers Avenue, Hartlepool .
Parker was not involved with the burglary but sold the stolen items on Ryan’s behalf, despite being suspicious about the goods.
He got £30 from the £445 proceeds, but then realised it was from a burglary .
Prosecutor Dr Christopher Wood told the court: “In one sense, his suspicion turned into guilt and he helped do the right thing, it can be said.”
Parker confirmed to the householder that Ryan was the culprit, gave her the £30 he had gained and the pawnbrokers’ slip identifying her property.
Ryan was quickly arrested in Hartlepool town centre.
He was jailed for 40 months in July for two burglaries, one attempted burglary, two thefts and three charges of making false representation.
Parker, meanwhile, admitted handling stolen goods and three counts of fraud.
He came to court for sentencing on Monday for his first conviction since 2014.
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Graeme Cook, defending, said Parker was in good work as a farmhand.
Judge Deborah Sherwin gave Parker an 18-month community order with 15 days’ rehabilitation activity and a thinking skills programme.
Parker was ordered to pay £222 compensation – half of the money gained in the stolen goods’ sale.