Burglars who stole Samurai swords jailed after their victim turned detective

BEHIND BARS ... Liam Liddle, left, and Robert Little.
BEHIND BARS ... Liam Liddle, left, and Robert Little.

Two men have been put behind bars after a burglary victim turned detective when his home was raided.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim “put the word out” after property including an Xbox console, two samurai swords and cash, were stolen during a raid at his flat in Vimy Avenue, Hebburn, in December.

The occupant of the address put the word out and the names of the two defendants were provided to him.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting

The culprits, who smashed their way into the ground-floor flat have never been caught – but the householder managed to track down the handlers who ended up with his belongings. Yesterday Liam Liddle, 21, of Kelly Road, Hebburn, who had a samurai sword in his home that had been taken during the raid, admitted handling stolen goods.

He was jailed for three months.

Robert Little, 21, of Havelock Terrace, Jarrow, who was on a suspended sentence for unrelated offences, admitted handling an Xbox console and games, and was jailed for a total of six months.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting, told the court: “The occupant of the address put the word out and the names of the two defendants were provided to him.

“During the course of his own investigations, he secured the recovery of one of the two swords.

“As a consequence of what he had been told, search warrants were issued for the two defendants’ home addresses.”

The court heard one of two samurai swords stolen during the raid were found at Liddle’s home. and the missing Xbox, together with three of the eight stolen games and controller, were found at Little’s address.

Both men were initially accused of burglary, but the charges were dropped when they entered pleas to the lesser offences.

Defence barristers said both men, who have previous convictions which include burglary, have been in custody and away from trouble since the offence.

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