Burglar who stole thousands of pounds worth of perfume from a shop in Hexham caught within an hour

A burglar, who stole thousands of pounds worth of perfume from a shop in Hexham, has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and has been banned from driving for a year.

Thursday, 27th June 2019, 11:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 2:27 pm
A selection of perfumes and aftershaves were stolen

Shortly after 3.20am on Saturday, June 22, police received a report of a burglary at Boots on Fore Street, Hexham, where it was discovered that a lower window panel had been broken to gain entry and a quantity of perfumes and other items were missing.

Officers were deployed, including one-year-old Police Dog Ulrich and after a short pursuit officers located 20-year-old Connor Crute, who was arrested and charged on suspicion of burglary.

Further enquiries established that a blue Ford Fiesta used in the burglary was stolen from the Byker area the previous night.

Damage was caused to gain entry

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Crute, of Eastbourne Avenue in Walker, appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Monday, June 24, and pleaded guilty to burglary and taking a vehicle without consent.

He was given a community order including carrying out 80 hours of unpaid work, a curfew, and a 12 month driving disqualification.

Detective Sergeant Jonny Pallace, of Northumbria Police, said: "This is a fantastic demonstration of officers from different teams coming together to join the dots and make a successful arrest within an hour of receiving a call.

“It required quick thinking, intelligence gathering, on scene enquiries and the nose of one of our best police dogs.

“Everyone involved did a great job and we were able to recover all the stolen property.”