Serial offender put back behind bars for hiding in loft with haul of stolen goods

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A SERIAL criminal today had his time behind bars extended for being caught with a stash of stolen goods taken in house break-ins around South Tyneside.

Police caught Liam Carty iding in the loft at his girlfriend’s house in South Shields last October, with a haul of electrical goods and personal possessions belonging to burglary victims.

You have received a good deal of support and assistance from the probation service, all to no effect.

Michael Bunch, prosecutor

The officers had been searching for the 24-year-old, who has a long criminal record for dishonesty, in connection with two attempted house raids, which he went on to admit and receive a prison sentence for at magistrates’ court.

Carty, of no fixed address, was due for release from that jail term today.

But at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Recorder Nicholas Barker sentenced him to a further four months behind bars.

The judge said Carty, who admitted handling stolen goods, had been caught with the property very soon after the house raids which they were taken from.

He said: “These offences of handling are serious offences and ones the court cannot simply overlook.

“They were committed while on bail for other offences, one of which being handling stolen goods.

“You have received a good deal of support and assistance from the probation service, all to no effect.”

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court police found property from four separate burglaries during the raid at Carty’s girlfriend’s home on October 8.

A stash of Bangladeshi bank notes stolen from a burglary at St Jude’s Terrace in South Shields four days before were recovered.

From a break-in at Mortimer Road, South Shields, two days earlier, police found a stash of jewellery boxes, a Michael Kors handbag and a Calvin Klein washbag.

Two televisions were recovered from another raid two days before, at Rekendyke Mews, South Shields.

And from a burglary at Hartleyburn Avenue, Hebburn, just hours before, two wallets and a Wii games console were found.

John Wilkinson, defending, said Carty has obtained qualifications during his time in custody.

Mr Wilkinson added: “Today is the day he should be released from the sentence imposed by the magistrates.”