Monday, 8 October 2012
E-Cops: "Good News"
TWO MEN who tried to break into a shop wearing balaclavas have been sentenced.
James Sexton, 34 and Mark Haldon, 23 were chased by a member of the public after he saw them trying to break into the Co-op in Cottenham in the early hours of Wednesday, June 20.
Sexton, of Walton Avenue, Blyth, and Haldon, of Maple Street, Ashington, Northumberland, had thrown a paving slab at the window of the shop but it did not break. They then tried to force the window open with a spade before being chased off by the man who had witnessed it.
Officers arrived and searched the area. A police dog tracked Sexton to New Street where he was found hiding in a back garden.
A set of car keys were found on Sexton and the vehicle nearby. Inside were ID documents relating to Haldon who was later found in the area of the attempted burglary and arrested.
At Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (September 28) Sexton who pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in June was jailed for 14 months while Haldon who pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in August received 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and 150 hours unpaid work.
The member of the public received a Judge's commendation and a £250 reward.
Detective Constable Jennie Scott said: "These men tried to break into the shop but failed thanks to the quick-witted member of public who chased them away and called us.
"Thanks to the good search by officers at the scene and the CCTV from the shop we were able to catch them quickly and bring them to justice."
PCSO B. MANI
Histon Safer Neighbourhood Team