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 Jail for burglar who stole children’s Christmas presents


​A BURGLAR who broke into a family home and stole children’s Christmas presents from under the tree has been jailed for four years.

Kevin Andrew Lee burgled the house in Willington in December last year, taking children’s presents, bank cards and keys.

The 32-year-old then went on a crime spree in the early hours of January 1 during which he attempted to break into several properties and vehicles by trying the doors and stole various items.

He then broke into the home of an elderly woman before making off with a purse, money and jewellery after being disturbed.

Officers from South Durham CID launched an investigation and Lee was arrested the following day on January 2, with officers recovering the jewellery and stolen items from the vehicles.  

Lee, formerly of Willington, pleaded guilty to the two burglaries, three counts of theft and three counts of attempt theft.

He appeared at Durham Crown Court yesterday (May 9) where he was jailed for four years.

Detective Constable Andy Denham, from South Durham CID, said: “I am pleased the victims in this case will now have some closure after several months of waiting.

“These offences have had a lasting effect on them with one burglary occurring during the festive period and in the second burglary the offender was disturbed whilst searching for items to steal.

“I would like to pass on my thanks to the local community for their help with in obtaining footage from private CCTV and the assistance of the local and neighbourhood police teams as South Durham CID were able investigate fully and charge Lee with numerous offences leading to this substantial prison sentence.”