Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STING DUO LOCKED UP; Pair Jailed for House Burglary

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STING DUO LOCKED UP; Pair Jailed for House Burglary

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A TRIO of young criminals - including two burglars snared in an extraordinary police CCTV "sting" - are behind bars today for a total of more than seven years.

Police loaned, furnished and rigged an empty house on Garnet Street, Middlesbrough with covert, high-quality CCTV equipment to detect and catch burglars.

Sure enough, the front room camera filmed intruders Mark Robson and Daniel Conroy in the act of stealing a PlayStation and games.

They were recognised from the footage and arrested after the burglary on the evening of November 1 last year, said prosecutor Richard Parsell.

Robson said he was riding along the street when he saw the curtains open, lights on, saw the goods inside and decided to steal them.

While on bail for that offence, Robson took part in a street robbery on Parliament Road, Middlesbrough on the night of March 13 this year.

He was with Conroy's brother Sean 'Maggot' Conroy, who was one of the first people in Teesside to receive an Anti-social Behaviour Order (Asbo).

'Maggot' blocked the path of scooter rider Ron Day and put his hands on the bike - Mr Day's "pride and joy" - while Robson tried to take the keys from the ignition.

When Mr Day resisted, Sean Conroy punched him while Robson tried to push him off the bike.

Sean Conroy rode off on the scooter after threatening to kick Mr Day's head in if he contacted the police.

Two days later, the men returned the vehicle to its owner - but it was badly damaged.

The trio - Robson and the Conroy brothers from Middlesbrough, all appeared at Teesside Crown Court for sentence yesterday.

Robson, 23, of Granville Road, and Daniel Conroy, 24, of Marton Road, admitted the Garnet Street burglary - Conroy's "third strike" burglary.

Robson and Sean Conroy, 22, of Clive Road, admitted the bike robbery, but Robson denied punching Mr Day. …

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