Thief caught within half an hour of crime

A thief who was tracked down by Police in less than half an hour has been jailed.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 8:00 am
Brian Coakley.

Brian Coakley, 41, had only been released from jail eight days before being caught by officers fleeing from a stolen vehicle in Scotland Gate, Northumberland, on January 10.

Following enquiries, Coakley was linked to an earlier burglary at an address on Eider Close, in Blyth, where the keys for a Mercedes C350 were taken along with a laptop and briefcase.

Officers were able to respond quickly and located the stolen car and Coakley within an hour of the call coming into police.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary and theft of motor vehicle.

Coakley, of no fixed address, initially appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on February 7, where he pleaded guilty to both charges.

And last week, he was sentenced to three years and nine months.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Alison Felton, of Northumbria Police, said: “Brian Coakley is a prolific thief who repeatedly shows blatant disrespect to both the law and the victims he targets.

“Burglary is an incredibly personal and invasive crime which often leaves a mental and financial impact on the victims – some of which can be too scared to return to their beloved family homes and are forced to move.

“Unfortunately for Coakley, quick-thinking officers used their skills to track him down and gather enough strong evidence to secure a charge and see him back behind bars."