A brazen burglar is behind bars after being caught red-handed by his victim.
Adam Cain, 44, has been jailed for more than three years after breaking into a home on Greystoke Avenue in Sunderland on the afternoon of June 21.
The intruder climbed through a window and helped himself to various items including keys and a mobile phone, but was caught red-handed by the occupant who pulled up on the drive and spotted the man in his home.
Cain frantically tried to escape through a locked door while the victim called the police and alerted them to the break-in.
Officers were on the scene within four minutes of the call being made and located Cain nearby.
Police then searched a black rucksack that was in Cain’s possession which contained a black and silver iPhone, a Bobba Fett keyring and various keys – all of which had been taken from the address.
Cain, of Stanhope Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to the burglary when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last week (August 18). He was subsequently jailed for 40 months.
Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Robson, of Northumbria Police, said: “Burglary is an absolutely appalling crime that can have a corrosive and long-lasting impact on the communities we serve.
“Adam Cain showed a total disregard for the law and his victim when he broke into a family home and helped himself to valuables inside. However, he did not expect the occupant to catch him in the act – and what followed was some fantastic police work between various teams.
“I would like to thank the victim who acted decisively by picking up the phone and passing over a detailed description of the suspect, and that swift action allowed our officers to arrive at the scene within just four minutes.
“We were then able to detain Cain nearby, in possession of various stolen items, and what followed was an excellent investigation to prove his guilt and ultimately bring a cynical burglar to justice.”
She added: “Quite often we find that opportunistic thieves go from street to street hoping to find an open door or window. If they don’t find one, they will simply move on to the next area.
“With that in mind, I would like to remind members of the public to make sure their doors and windows are locked, and any valuables placed out of sight.
“We will continue to work hard to tackle this type of criminality and ensure burglars who prey on our communities are taken off our streets. By working together, we can continue to deter opportunistic thieves and ensure Sunderland and South Tyneside remain safe places to live and work.”