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 Burglar jailed for 6 years

 05/05/2020

A burglar has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for a string of offences.
 
Brendan Cawley travelled from West Yorkshire to Barnard Castle on February 10, before breaking into five homes whilst the victims were out.
 
Durham Crown Court, sitting at Teesside, heard that Cawley broke into the homes and took wallets, money and jewellery.
 
Thanks to one of the resident’s CCTV, officers were able to identify the vehicle Cawley had used and also link him to the other burglaries.
 
In a joint operation between Durham Constabulary, West Yorkshire Police and Lancashire Police, Cawley was arrested within three days and some of the stolen property was recovered.
 
The 54-year-old, from Bradford was sentenced to six years and nine months after pleading guilty to all charges.
 
Detective Constable Nichola Gaines, from South Durham CID, who led the investigation, said: “Brendan Cawley travelled specifically to the County Durham area to commit these crimes.
 
“He took from people things that can never be replaced and things that held such sentimental value that they were deemed priceless to the victims.
 
“In an operation which involved three police forces we were able to quickly identify and charge the offender who was remanded into custody to prevent him committing any further offences.
 
“I would like to thank the victims in this case for their assistance in bringing this offender to justice and I hope that today’s sentencing provides the closure they need to move forward.
 
“This type of criminality will not be tolerated in County Durham.”
 
Neighbourhood Inspector for Crook, Teesdale and Weardale, Ed Turner, said he particularly wanted to thank the residents in the case whose CCTV helped bring Cawley to justice quickly.
 
He said: “CCTV from one of the burglaries was crucial to linking Cawley to it and that kick-started the whole investigation.
 
“From a local policing perspective, I would encourage homeowners to invest in CCTV to help protect their property and in turn deterring criminals of this ilk.”