Burglary look-out in court

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A MAN has been ordered to do community service after acting as a look-out for pals who broke into garages on a South Tyneside estate.

Christopher Hailes was one of three people involved in a series of break-ins on Hebburn’s Lukes Lane estate in May.

The 22-year-old admitted being present when a motorcycle helmet and gloves and strimmer, worth a total of £240, were stolen from a garage in Brighton Parade.

Hailes, of Brayside, Jarrow, pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to burglary.

He also asked for three other break-ins to be taken into consideration.

The court heard that the other two people involved have not been caught.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “At 8.20am on May 13, the owner of a house in Brighton Parade saw that his garage door was wide open and the lock had been forced.

“There were scratches to his car, that was parked inside, and footprints on its roof.

“Items were also missing from inside.

“The defendant was arrested on suspicion of being involved, and his footwear matched some of the footprints found at the scene.”

Ian Haq, defending, said: “He joined up with two others who were much more experienced in this kind of offending.

“However, that’s not an excuse, because he is an adult and able to make his own decisions.

“It was agreed that he would get a share of the spoils, but he didn’t receive anything from these break-ins.”

Judge John Foster gave Hailes a 12-month community order with supervision and 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was also told to pay £250 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.