Two members of a gang who carried out a series of 2-in-1 burglaries have been locked up for their roles in the illicit enterprise.

Between Bradley Hughes and Tyler Hall, they were involved in a total of three burglaries resulting in several vehicles being stolen - with one used to transport the gang to their next two raids.

They broke into two houses and stole four vehicles together while Hall carried out a similar offence a few days earlier where the gang stole two other vehicles.

For one of the raids, a gang member managed to crawl through a dog flap in a door to gain access to the house in Yarm.

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Teesside Crown Court heard how Hall was a member of the gang who broke into a house on Chillingham Court, Billingham, on March 31 this year and stole a Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Golf.

Two days later, the Kuga was used to take the gang to an address on Nursery Gardens, Yarm, where a Mercedes was stolen.

On the same night, a member of the gang crawled through the dog flap of a property on Croxton Close, Billingham, where they stole another Ford Kuga, a Mini Cooper, and a Ford Transit van.

Philip Morley, prosecuting, said the only cars to be recovered were the Ford Kuga and Mini Cooper from the final burglary but both vehicles were written off by insurers.

He told the judge how the daughter of one of the victims was no having nightmares about being abducted by masked men following the burglary at her home.

The Northern Echo: Bradley HughesBradley Hughes (Image: Cleveland Police)

Hughes, of Hastings Way, Billingham, pleaded guilty to two burglaries and four thefts, while 21-year-old Hall pleaded guilty to three burglaries and six counts of theft.

Nicci Horton, representing Hall, said her client’s offences occurred when he stopped taking his medication for ADHD and had since been recalled on licence for a previous offence.

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The Northern Echo: Tyler HallTyler Hall (Image: Cleveland Police)

While Tom Bennett, representing 22-year-old Hughes, said his client was ‘immature and naïve’ and unable to ‘see the bigger picture’ of the impact his behaviour had on his victims.

Recorder Andrew Sutcliffe KC jailed Hall for a total of three years while Hughes was locked up for a total of 29 months for their ‘appalling’ offences.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Carl Blenkinsop from Stockton CID said “As a result of an investigation by Stockton CID, these two individuals have now been jailed for committing burglaries and stealing a number of vehicles.

“Offenders like these will be put before the courts to answer for their behaviour; and Stockton CID will continue to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.”