Here are five Sunderland burglars who have been locked up in 2020

Detectives have thanked Wearside residents for their ongoing support after successfully putting five more burglars behind bars.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 11:45 am

Specialist detectives are tasked with reviewing every break-in across Wearside and South Tyneside and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice.

Now, after five more offenders were jailed for a combined term of more than 16 years, the team have thanked residents and issued advice about the ways of reducing the risk of becoming a burglary victim.

Recent Newcastle Crown Court cases include Anthony Prenelle, 60, who was jailed for five years after admitting two burglaries at Newcastle Crown Court.

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Recently jailed Sunderland burglars, clockwise from top left, Anthony Prenelle, Christopher Robertson, Stephen Hendry, George Jones and Anthony Kirtley.

Prenelle, of Barmston Way, Washington, targeted two homes in Stockley Road – just yards from his own address – in February last year.

A judge handed Christopher Robertson, 40, a three-and-a-half year sentence after he was convicted of two counts of burglary.

The prolific offender, of Chilton Street, Sunderland, stole a Macbook, Radley bag and bank cards from a Newcastle address on September 12 last year.

Robertson also stole two bikes from the garage of an East Boldon home on the same day.

Sunderland burglar Christopher Robertson has been jailed.

Stephen Hendry, 49, was jailed for two years after he was caught breaking into the home of an elderly lady in the Millfield area of Sunderland.

An eagle-eyed neighbour spotted him sneaking into the premises on March 11 last year after a carer had forgot to lock the front door. The resident confronted the intruder who ran off empty-handed.

Shameless raider Anthony Kirtley also received a two-year sentence on February 5 after he was convicted of two counts of burglary at Newcastle’s Moot Hall.

He also admitted smashing his way into Learning Curve Group’s construction academy on the Pallion Industrial Estate in August last year, leaving the further education centre with a repair bill of more than £8,000.

Stephen Hendry has been jailed for burglary.

He also admitted a separate burglary at a flat on Lyndhurst Terrace on August 6 last year.

Jones, of Darcy Court, Sunderland, admitted burglary and an unrelated offence of having a bladed article and was subsequently jailed.

House raider Anthony Prenelle has been jailed for five years.

Detective Sergeant Steve Wallace, who spearheads the Southern Burglary Team, said: “Burglary is such an intrusive crime that can have a significant and long-lasting impact on victims and everyone who lives in that community.

“That’s why my team come into work every single morning looking to detect and disrupt this type of criminality, identify offenders and ensure they have their day in court.

“Over the last few weeks, we’ve had some significant sentences handed out to offenders and they can look forward to spending the next few years in a prison cell.

“That outcome is something we will continue to strive towards. There’s no place for these types of individuals in our society.

“This time of year can often see opportunistic burglars try to use the cover of darkness to their advantage in order to secure a quick win.

“Over the last few weeks in particular, we have received a number of reports of sneak-in offences – especially in the Millfield area of Sunderland.

“We would always encourage residents to be vigilant and take a few extra steps to help make sure they do not become a victim of this type of criminality.

“Quite often, burglars go door to door at night-time hoping to find one unlocked. If it is locked, they will move on to the next address.

“So please take an extra moment to make sure your door is locked and any valuables are kept out of sight.”