Judge throws the book at admitted thieves

(WMC-TV) - A judge threw the book Monday at a pair of Memphis men who admitted to breaking into dozens of local homes and businesses.

"They were tearing the place up," said Gregory McCory. "They couldn't catch them. They were elusive."

McCoy who works landscaping jobs in the area, said people spent months on the lookout for two men suspected in break-ins all over the city.

"They knew what they were doing," he said. "Or they had that lucky foot on 'em."

But luck ran out last March for Anthony Sinquefield and Paul Walton. Walton was caught with the getaway car on Breedlove, and Sinquefield at a nearby house where the current tenant does not know him.

Both men told investigators about other burglaries, including one on North Parkway, one on Autumn, and two at the same Cash Now business on Germantown Parkway.

Police charged the with 21 break-ins in Memphis, and eight more in Covington, Millington, unincorporated Shelby County, Mississippi and Arkansas."

In Criminal Court Division 9 on Thursday, Sinquefield and Walton pleaded guilty to all 29 cases.

"It's a good day for the whole community," District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.

Weirich added that Sinquefield and Walton must do hard time.

"It sends a good message, because there's nothing that gets people more worked up than having your car broken into, your home broken into, or your business broken into.

The judge agreed, sentencing the pair to 35 years in prison. McCory voiced his support for the judge's decision.

"That's a long time," he said. "That's one thing you don't have to worry about - somebody stealing your Christmas presents now."

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