Burglar stole mobility scooter to fund £1,000 crack cocaine habit

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A BURGLAR took part in a series of garage raids to support his £1,000 per day crack cocaine habit.

Jordan Dixon took thousands of pounds of householders’ property – including a mobility scooter – in the hope of raising cash to buy drugs.

The 19-year-old, who became a father while being held in custody, and his accomplice Jack Phillipson, 20, targeted a total of six garages in November last year, all in the Washington area of Wearside.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the pair were caught after a raid at Hill Rise, when they stashed stolen property in a nearby wooded area and were spotted taking it away by car the next day.

Prosecutor Peter Schofield told the court: “One of the neighbours being vigilant in taking the registration number resulted in police inquiries to lead them to an address at Cleeve Court.

“Property was recovered from there or the trees area where it was hidden.”

Mr Schofield added: “Dixon said he had a crack cocaine habit costing him £1,000 per day.”

The pair pleaded guilty to two garage burglaries and asked for a further four to be taken into consideration. They also admitted theft of alcohol which had been left insecure at the back of a storage area at the back of a shop.

Mr Recorder Paul Reid sentenced them both to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and said they must now stay away from each other.