Man warned he is facing jail for spate of boiler-taking burglaries from new homes (From The Northern Echo)
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Burglar warned he is facing jail for spate of boiler-taking break-ins from new homes across the region
A MAN will be sentenced next month after admitting stealing boilers from newly built homes on 39 housing sites across the North-East.
Garry Wilkinson was warned he is facing a prison sentence for the spate of break-ins, in which he took boilers worth an estimated £20,000-plus, having forced his way into newly completed homes via rear patio doors, first turning off water and gas supplies.
Durham Crown Court heard he struck at properties ready to be occupied, but before anyone had moved in, on sites as far afield as Blyth in Northumberland, Newcastle, Coxhoe, near Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington over a period of almost two years.
Wilkinson, 42, formerly of Lumley Close, Washington, on Wearside, but now of Stirling Way, Thornaby, on Teesside, previously admitted six counts of burglary and asked for 33 similar offences to be considered.
Jamie Adams, for Wilkinson, told the court his crime spree arose due to his heavy increasingly mounting debts to loan sharks.
He was unable to be sentenced at today’s (Wednesday October 16) hearing, as a probation background report on Wilkinson has not been completed.
Recorder Stuart Brown, therefore, adjourned sentence for three weeks to allow completion of the reports.
He told Wilkinson, however: “These are serious matters and you must appreciate you are facing a custodial sentence.”
Wilkinson was bailed to return for sentence on November 8.
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