A shameless burglar who pocketed a stash of jewellery was caught red-handed by police as he tried to make off with his haul.
Jason Taylor, 30, forced his way into a home on Chester Road, Sunderland , on the morning of May 23 this year.
After finding the flat empty, Taylor then ransacked the home – destroying wardrobe doors and turning drawers upside down in his frantic search for valuables.
Once he had filled his pockets with bracelets, watches and keys, the brazen burglar filled a holdall and plastic bag with various other items.
But he was arrested by police who had been called about his suspicious behaviour as he tried to leave.
Northumbria Police has now shared photos of the items of jewellery Taylor tried to get away with.
Detective Constable Mick Boyd, of Northumbria Police , said: “This kind of criminality is totally unacceptable, and Taylor has caused a huge deal of upset and distress due to his wholly selfish actions.
“He entered that address hell-bent on stealing anything of value and filling his pockets with valuables. As he tried to leave the premises with a stash of stolen goods, he was met by officers who had been alerted by a member of the public to his suspicious behaviour.
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“Burglary is a despicable crime that can have a long-lasting effect on victims and the local community as a whole. It is therefore imperative that he public see criminals such as Taylor taken off the streets and brought to justice.”
Taylor refused to cooperate when interviewed by police but pleaded guilty to burglary in court.
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