Police welcome prison sentence for Peterlee burglar

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POLICE have welcomed a prison sentence handed to a burglar and say the punishment will protect the public and give him a chance to reflect on his crimes.

Jonathan Lee, 22, of Yoden Road, Peterlee, was locked up for four years and nine months after he pleaded guilty to three burglaries when he appeared at Durham Crown Court.

Lee, who had been on remand since January, was also banned from driving for 12 months after also admitting taking a car without the owner’s consent.

The three burglaries took place in Peterlee on December 28 last year and on January 3 and January 22 this year and laptops and computers were among the items stolen.

Detective Sergeant Steve Thubron, of Peterlee CID, said: “This is a very good sentence for him. It will save the public from suffering offences from him again and hopefully give a chance to have him rehabilitated and look at his offending.” Police have vowed to bring other burglary suspects to justice.