Thief arrested within minutes of 999 call to police after car break-in

A thief was arrested at the scene of a car break-in around nine minutes after police officers were first called.

Malcolm Pyke, 43, was snared in the early hours of Friday, June 19 after breaking in to a person’s car and sitting in the driver’s seat.

At about 2.45am that day, a resident was woken up by a doorbell notification on his phone, which is triggered when there is movement on the property’s driveway.

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The homeowner went on to find Pyke sitting in the driver’s seat of his car.

Malcolm Pyke will be sentenced this week.Malcolm Pyke will be sentenced this week.
Malcolm Pyke will be sentenced this week.

Upon being seen, Pyke claimed he was ‘homeless’ and ‘trying to keep warm’ before quickly walking away from the property, in Rectory Green, West Boldon.

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But Northumbria Police were on the scene within a matter of minutes and Pyke was arrested 300 metres away from the home which he had targeted.

Pyke, of Canterbury Street, Sunderland, was later charged and admitted vehicle interference, going equipped and possessing a Class C drug when he appeared before magistrates in Newcastle on Saturday, June 20.

Detective Sergeant Chris Raper-Smith, of Northumbria Police, said: “Malcolm Pyke is a serial offender who is well-known to police and has consistently shown a total disregard for the law.

“On this occasion, his deception was laid bare after an occupant was woken up after an alert on his phone that there was suspicious movement on his driveway.

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“After getting up and taking a closer look, he found Pyke brazenly sat in the front seat of his car – and the offender even then had the cheek to claim he was just trying to keep warm.

“I’d like to thank the victim for contacting police so swiftly, and that allowed officers to arrive at the scene and carry out a search of the area.

“Within 10 minutes of the 999 call coming in, we had found Pyke and put him in the back of a police van.

“We do not apologise for our zero-tolerance approach towards thieves and burglars, and will continue to do all we can to make sure offenders are taken off the streets and brought to justice.”

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Pyke is due to be sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates Court on Friday, June 26.

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