Burglar jailed after targeting two Sheffield homes in two days

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A BURGLAR who targeted two homes in the space of two days has been jailed.

Taylor Mitendele, aged 22, swiped an Apple iPhone from the bedroom of a Sheffield home after gaining access through an unlocked window.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Michael Avill was looking after his family’s home in Millhouses on Monday, July 2, while his parents were away. He was awoken at about 4am by a rustling sound from his parents’ bedroom. After he went into investigate, he heard someone jumping and running away and called police after discovering the phone had been taken from the room.

Two days later, police were called to a home in Dronfield, where a window had been forced open by an intruder in the early hours, but nothing was stolen from inside.

Fingerprints at the scenes of both crimes matched Mitendele, of no fixed abode, who was arrested on Saturday, July 14.

Heidi Cotton, prosecuting, said Mitendele, who admitted burglary and burglary with intent, gave no comment in his first interview.

Geoff Flemming, mitigating, said: “Mitendele exercised his right to silence during interview but entered guilty pleas at the earliest opportunity.”

Sentencing Mitendele to two years’ jail, Judge Michael Murphy QC said: “Reading the report, it says you are an articulate and intelligent chap who has just gone off the rails.

“Burglary leads to terrible consequences. People lose confidence in their own home and security, it spreads to the whole neighbourhood with people thinking their homes could be targeted next. Therefore the courts must take a serious view of any such offence. The aggravating factors here were they were both committed in the middle of the night while the owners were inside.”