Darlington burglar jailed after stealing Christmas presents

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

A BURGLAR has been jailed for more than three years after he admitted breaking into a family home and stealing Christmas presents from under the tree.

Michael Hall, 36, from Cobden Street, Darlington, appeared before Teesside Crown Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary.

Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door in the early hours of December 17 and stole a number of wrapped Christmas presents, including cosmetics, clothes and DVDs worth more than £300.

He was stopped by police a day later when he was seen acting suspiciously outside a shop in Darlington town centre and was found to be carrying cosmetics that matched those stolen from the house.

A footprint matching his shoe was also found in the victim’s house and a number of empty gift bags matching those stolen were found at his property.

He was fast-tracked to crown court where he was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

DS Sean Jackson, from Darlington CID, said he was delighted with the result, but urged people to keep their homes secure.

He added: “The victims were very upset and distressed that someone had been in their home and spoiled their Christmas. From a police point of view people really do need to ensure that they lock their doors.”

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2:46am Tue 25 Dec 12

oneguyh says...

Merry xmas you scum bag, hope your cell mate smashes your back door in this festive season.
Merry xmas you scum bag, hope your cell mate smashes your back door in this festive season. oneguyh
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9:45am Tue 25 Dec 12

still here says...

Well done Police. Fast result! Bring it on! Let's see more some fast justice. Best wishes to all on duty.
Well done Police. Fast result! Bring it on! Let's see more some fast justice. Best wishes to all on duty. still here
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9:28pm Tue 25 Dec 12

Robert_ says...

"Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door "

Sorry but limited sympathy from me...
"Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door " Sorry but limited sympathy from me... Robert_
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11:26pm Tue 25 Dec 12

diga says...

Robert_ wrote:
"Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door "

Sorry but limited sympathy from me...
So that gives him the right......? Everyone makes a mistake but doesn't deserve this. Mr Hall obviously has previous and he's in the place he deserves to be.
[quote][p][bold]Robert_[/bold] wrote: "Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door " Sorry but limited sympathy from me...[/p][/quote]So that gives him the right......? Everyone makes a mistake but doesn't deserve this. Mr Hall obviously has previous and he's in the place he deserves to be. diga
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3:56am Wed 26 Dec 12

oneguyh says...

still here wrote:
Well done Police. Fast result! Bring it on! Let's see more some fast justice. Best wishes to all on duty.
What a complete w***** you are. So what if he entered the unlocked front door and the occupants walked down the stairs, or in from another room or a child had been present ?

What could the consequences have been ?

You should be padded up with this cretin.
[quote][p][bold]still here[/bold] wrote: Well done Police. Fast result! Bring it on! Let's see more some fast justice. Best wishes to all on duty.[/p][/quote]What a complete w***** you are. So what if he entered the unlocked front door and the occupants walked down the stairs, or in from another room or a child had been present ? What could the consequences have been ? You should be padded up with this cretin. oneguyh
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3:57am Wed 26 Dec 12

oneguyh says...

Robert_ wrote:
"Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door "

Sorry but limited sympathy from me...
What a complete w***** you are. So what if he entered the unlocked front door and the occupants walked down the stairs, or in from another room or a child had been present ?

What could the consequences have been ?

You should be padded up with this cretin.
[quote][p][bold]Robert_[/bold] wrote: "Hall entered a property in Peterhouse Close, in Darlington, through an unsecure front door " Sorry but limited sympathy from me...[/p][/quote]What a complete w***** you are. So what if he entered the unlocked front door and the occupants walked down the stairs, or in from another room or a child had been present ? What could the consequences have been ? You should be padded up with this cretin. oneguyh
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