Garage raiders steal mobility scooter

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TWO burglars sneaked into garages to steal property worth thousands of pounds – including a mobility scooter.

Jordan Dixon and Jack Phillipson, both of Cleeve Court, Glebe, Washington, targeted two homes over three days last month.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that one of the victims, living in Hillrise, Washington Village, realised he had been broken into after items were moved from his garage door.

The man discovered more than £5,300 of his possessions had been stolen – including a blue mobility scooter, coffee maker and a set of knives – during the raid on November 18.

The scooter and coffee maker were later recovered.

Police also found other stolen goods, including a set of golf clubs, hidden under tree branches near The Green, Washington, after a call from a woman living nearby.

Magistrates heard that the second victim returned from three days away to discover his home in The Green had been burgled, on November 18.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: “He was informed by a neighbour that property had been stolen from his garage.

“He reported it to the police. He viewed items of property at Washington police station.

“He confirmed a number of items were his, including golf clubs, an electric screwdriver and other tools which had been taken.

“Both defendants were arrested and following a search of the address of Jack Phillipson, officers located a mobility scooter and further items of property.”

Dixon, 19, and Phillipson, 20, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary.

Magistrates ruled that the case was too serious for them to sentence.

The pair were remanded in custody until a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, at a date to be set by the court.