A TEENAGE raider has been spared jail for trashing his ex-girlfriend’s home and stealing a TV, mobile phones and an iPod during two separate break-ins.
Reece Blakey ripped cupboards from their fittings, slashed a sofa and threw paint on walls after forcing his way into the property in Wuppertal Court, Jarrow.
His fingerprints were found at the home, and he was arrested by police, but Blakey went on to commit another burglary in South Tyneside just 10 days later.
The 19-year-old was given a 21-month jail term suspended for two years at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.
Householder Holly Ridley had been in a relationship with Blakey for three months before they split up.
She was out of the country visiting her father at the time of the burglaries but had changed the locks at her home.
Holly asked her sister Gemma to check on her house while she was away.
Her sister noticed the TV was missing during a visit on September 5 last year, and when she went round again on September 13, she found the house had been trashed.
When Holly returned later that month, she found three mobile phones, an iPod and toiletries belonging to Blakey were also missing.
Blakey was arrested on September 15 after fingerprint evidence linked him to the two burglaries.
Adam Mugliston, prosecuting, said: “Police attended and found a fingerprint in the property which showed that someone had entered from outside.
“When Gemma Ridley returned to the house on September 13, she found it trashed.
“It is clear, given the previous relationship between the defendant and the complainant and the fact that he returned, that there was a degree of pre-planning.”
Blakey, of Northcote Street, South Shields, was also sentenced for the thefts of a mobile phone from Cash Generators in South Shields, a bike from Tesco in Newcastle Road, South Shields and a second burglary at a property in the town’s Mortimer Road on September 25.
The Mortimer Road raid was carried out along with Tony Ash, of Toward Road, Sunderland.
Ash was jailed for 12 months after also admitting a burglary at Westoe Rugby Club in South Shields.
Blakey and Ash, 22, entered the Mortimer Road home on September 25 while the occupant was in and snatched a host of goods, including a coat, alcohol and two mountain bikes, but the items weren’t found to be missing until the following day.
Both admitted charges of burglary and Blakey pleaded guilty to a further count of burglary and two counts of theft for the other offences
Jane Foley, defending Blakey, said: “It is quite clear that there has been an escalation in this defendant’s offending and that drugs have really taken a hold of him.”
Judge Sean Morris, sentencing, said: “You are 19 years old, and you really only have two mitigating factors, your age and your plea.”
Judge Morris also gave Blakey a drug rehabilitation requirement order and a restraining order stopping him contacting Gemma Ridley.