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Neighbours nab a thief.

A BURGLAR was snared three months after a break-in when neighbours caught him casing nearby houses.

Jeffrey Burke thought he had got away with the sneak burglary at a house on an upmarket Tyneside housing estate. But when he returned looking for more booty he was spotted by neighbours, who detained him.

When police arrested him they found a mobile phone taken in the original burglary three months previously and they found pictures of Burke's children on it taken just an hour after the original raid.

Burke, of Green Lane Gardens, Felling, who was sentenced to four years jail in 2001 for a series of burglaries, evaded the "three strikes and you're out" burglary legislation because of the age of his previous offences.

He was put on a supervision order for 12 months, told to pay pounds 200 costs to the victim of the burglary and pounds 400 costs when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2009
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