Co-op’s balaclava-clad burglars sentenced

TWO masked men who tried to break into a branch of the Co-op but were foiled by a “quick-witted” passerby have been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court.

James Sexton, 34, and Mark Haldon, 23, tried to smash the window of a Co-op store in Cottenham by throwing a paving slab at it in the early hours of Wednesday, June 20.

When it didn’t break the balaclava-clad burglars then tried to force the window open with a spade before being chased off by a member of the public.

Officers arrived soon after, searched the area with police dogs and tracked Sexton to New Street where he was found hiding in a back garden.

A set of car keys was found on Sexton along with the burglars’ getaway vehicle parked nearby. Haldon was later found and both were arrested for attempted burglary.


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Sexton, of Walton Avenue, Blyth, who had pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in June, was jailed for 14 months at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday.

Haldon, of Maple Street, Ashington, Northumberland who had pleaded guilty to attempted burglary in August received 10 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months along with 150 hours unpaid work.

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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 officers at the scene and the CCTV from the shop we were able to catch them quickly and bring them to justice.”

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