Instrument thief facing the music again

IN CUSTODY ... Scott Wilson is set for more jail time after admitting three burglaries in Newcastle.
IN CUSTODY ... Scott Wilson is set for more jail time after admitting three burglaries in Newcastle.

A thief who was jailed for stealing £15,000 of musical instruments in South Tyneside is back behind bars – after admitting a hat-trick of raids in the space of just four days.

Prolific offender Scott Wilson was handed a 19-month sentence after snatching a £7,000 cello and an £8,000 violin, belonging to the touring European Orchestral Ensemble, from the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, last February.

The 23-year-old – who was locked up for the offence last March – sold on the valuable instruments for just £60.

It was only when the thefts attracted media attention that Wilson realised their value, and handed himself in to police.


Wilson was released after serving half his jail term, but will now be recalled to prison after admitting stealing items worth £2,405 during three burglaries at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

Wilson, of Kyffin View, South Shields, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court.

He stole a purse and a driving licence from Merz Court at Newcastle University on January 24.

He struck again at Merz Court on January 28, this time taking a rucksack containing a laptop and personal items.

On the same day, he stole a handbag, mobile phone and more personal items from Northumbria University.

Wilson has a string of previous theft offences.

They include, at Flagg Court Health Centre, South Shields, stealing a £300 iPhone from a worker’s pocket, and the town’s Mecca Bingo, where Wilson made off with a £350 television set, both in February last year.

Wilson has previously targeted public buildings including hospitals, a funeral parlour, a hotel and The Sage in Gateshead.

He was remanded in custody until February 19 for sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court.