Two men have been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to a burglary whereby a vehicle was stolen from an elderly man’s home in Norton.
The incident happened on Monday 23rd January in the early hours of the morning on Toddington Drive, when 39-year-old Lee Hill and 38-year-old John Hodgson broke into the man’s home and stole his car, before crashing it into a garden wall at the junction of Station Road and Junction Road.
Both men were quickly identified, arrested and charged.
The men were sentenced at Teesside Crown Court to 50 months plus another five to run concurrently for the theft of the vehicle.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Kev Middleton, from Stockton CID, said: “This incident would have been terrifying for the victim, who woke in the early hours to find two men in his home who then went on to steal his car and crash it.
“I would like to thank the victim in this case for his courage in reporting this to police and supporting our investigation, which alongside our investigative work has led to this outcome and two men behind bars where they quite rightly should be.
“I hope this sentence goes some way towards providing comfort to the victim in this case.”