Door handle thief given community order

Paul Healy
Paul Healy

A THIEF who stalked the streets of Hartlepool stealing door handles from the homes of residents has been given a community order.

Paul Healy appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to a three-month community order and a two month curfew order after he admitted theft of six door handles from July 10.

The 38-year-old Healy preyed on streets including Wilson Street, Mulgrave Road, Alma Street, and Bright Street, in the town centre area of Hartlepool, in the early hours of the morning.

His crimes left one 80-year-old woman locked inside her house, while other homeowners rallied together to free themselves from their homes following his mindless actions which they branded as “stupid and thoughtless”.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson previously told justices that he was spotted moving from door to door, removing handles as he went.

Police arrested Healy, of Grange Road, Hartlepool, and he was charged with six thefts of door handles.

Mrs Atkinson said: “It was 4.20am when the defendant was seen acting suspiciously in Mulgrave Road and Alma Street where he appeared to be going from door to door.

“It is correct to say that where the man had been stood there was damage to doors and their handles were missing.

“He was arrested a short time later at the top of Bright Street.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said the crimes were “unaggravated thefts” and the handles would have gone straight down to the scrap yard in exchange for cash.