Cyclist who ‘set out to steal’ caught prowling outside elderly people’s homes

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A CYCLIST who went for a ride to look for something to steal has been jailed for two years.

George Quarmby, 34, was arrested after a resident saw him acting suspiciously near bungalows for the elderly, Durham Crown Court heard.

Police found he was carrying a large screwdriver.

Quarmby, of Langdale Street, Hetton, denied going equipped for theft on September 21.

He was convicted after a trial last month.

Quarmby told the jury he had decided to cycle from Hetton to Durham late at night.

He carried the screwdriver in case his bicycle broke down, he said.

Quarmby was not represented when he appeared before the same court to be sentenced.

Judge Christopher Prince asked Quarmby to confirm he wanted to be dealt with without a barrister.

The judge also asked Quarmby for his opinion on sentence.

“That’s up to you,” Quarmby told the judge.

Passing a two-year sentence, Judge Prince told Quarmby: “The jury found you went out that night to steal.”