A man has been locked up for his part in a spate of commercial burglaries in North Tyneside.
Earlier this year, Northumbria Police released information about an increase in burglaries to local businesses around the Whitley Bay and North Shields area.
An investigation was launched by neighbourhood officers in the area to identify those responsible and safeguard those properties that were being targeted.
Now one of the offenders has been jailed for 22 months, as well as being ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140, for his part in one of the burglaries.
Paul Kenny, 42, was caught out on CCTV footage showing him gain entry into Nicholson’s Butchers, of Park View, Whitley Bay, on Wednesday, January 10.
He caused significant damage to an office door before making off with more than £2,000 in cash and a packet of cigarettes.
Officers immediately recognised Kenny when he was stopped on the street at a later date from the previous CCTV footage.
Kenny, of Gateshead, was also charged for being in possession of a knife and a small amount of cocaine.
Neighbourhood Inspector for North Shields and Whitley Bay, Michelle Caisley, was pleased to see that proactive work done to tackle the issue in the area delivered results in court.
She said: “After seeing an increase in commercial burglary offences back in January we quickly put plans in place to tackle this issue head-on.
“This offender forced his way into the premises showing complete disregard for the effect this would have on a local business owner.
“Thanks to the proactive approach from our officers, he is now behind bars.”
For crime prevention advice on how to keep your business and property safe, visit www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/crime_prevention