Dog detains burglar until police arrive

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A BURGLAR caught by a neighbour and his dog has been warned his latest raid could have had deadly consequences by a judge.

Graham Moore crept into the house of a heavily pregnant woman in Shiney Row, Sunderland, and stole her handbag while she was busy upstairs.

The serial raider, who had downed 40 diazepam tablets and strong lager, was not seen by the householder, but Judge Sean Morris said there could have been a tragic outcome if he had.

The judge, who jailed the 38-year-old for three years, said: “If that lady had come out of wherever she was and saw a strange man in her house, under the influence of drugs, she could have miscarried with fright.

“That is the kind of thing that can happen to people but you don’t think of that, you only think about yourself.” Moore, of Gill Crescent North, Fence Houses pleaded guilty to burglary.

The court heard Moore has previous convictions for house raids dating back more than 20 years.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told the court Moore had been seen knocking on doors on the victim’s estate before he crept in and took the handbag.

A neighbour, who works as a prison dog handler and had already been asked for money by Moore, spotted the intruder leaving with the house with the bag and chased after him with his dog.

The animal detained him until the police got there.

Moore told the court form the witness box he had been door-to-door begging for bus fare to get to his cousin’s house in South Shields after having a fall out with his girlfriend.

He claimed he had not planned to go out burgling that day and simply spotted the bag through a frosted glass door so reached in to the house to get it.

Moore told the court: “I took that many tablets that I didn’t actually know what I was doing.

“I had no intention whatsoever of burgling any houses.

“The diazepam must have took over. I went to the one where the handbag was, seen it through the glass panel and just took it. “

Christopher Morrison, defending Moore, told the court: “The first thing he wants to say by way of mitigation is sorry.”